Froggy’s Little Brother

Kimberley Reynolds

in The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195379785
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Series: Oxford Handbooks

Froggy’s Little Brother

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This article addresses Froggy's Little Brother (1875), a British nineteenth-century “street arab” novel about destitute London children, through the lens of postcolonial theory. It illustrates how fictional conventions magnifying the plight of the poor child helped focus the debate over the “politics of poverty” at issue in Victorian society. In Froggy's Little Brother, the author, Brenda, had to navigate the waters of public opinion very carefully. The book also makes use of conventions to underline the urgent need to attend to the poor. It may often misrepresent Victorian London's poor children, but it is one of the key texts that sought to carve out a place for them in culture and helped create pathways by which their stories were gathered and told.

Keywords: Froggy's Little Brother; Brenda; London children; street arab; politics of poverty; Victorian society

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Subjects: Literature ; Children's Literature Studies ; Literary Studies (19th Century)

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