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Children, death and the enigmatic signifier: Wordsworth and Bowen

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719074875
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702420 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.003.0008
Children, death and the enigmatic signifier: Wordsworth and Bowen

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This chapter examines a poem from the early nineteenth century, and a novel from the early twentieth, which show the ignorance of children, considering several coincidences related to these texts, including the fact that these two texts were written by authors who were childless at the time. It also briefly discusses the presentation of childhood nescience in the discourse that is most concerned with it, namely psychoanalysis.

Keywords: ignorance of children; childhood nescience; psychoanalysis; William Wordsworth; Elizabeth Bowen

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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