The first SSCIP biannual lecture will be taking place on 25th October 2017 at Staffordshire University.
“Excavating Literature for Signs of Childness”
Dr Farah Mendlesohn
In this paper I will discuss how narratives around significant historical events–in this case the English Civil War–have triple layered constructions of childhood, sometimes (but not always) attempting to depict historical childhood and historical relationships to events, but always depicting contemporary childhood and ideologies of childhood. The paper looks at texts written for children and teens from the early nineteenth century to the present day, all of which were written at least in part to propound a particular take on the Civil Wars and to grow a particular type of child.
This presentation will last one hour and will be followed by a 15 minute slot for questions and refreshments.
For further enquiries please contact Dr Kirsty Squires (Kirsty.Squires@staffs.ac.uk)