Work of the Fellows: Monographs;

Ventures into Childland: Victorians, Fairy Tales, and Femininity

Knoepflmacher, U. C. (Fellow, 1995-96)

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998

From the publisher's description:

Behind the innocent face of Victorian fairy tales such as Through the Looking Glass or Mopsa the Fairylurks the specter of an intense gender debate about the very nature of childhood. Offering brilliant rereadings of classics from the "Golden Age of Children’s Literature" as well as literature commonly considered "grown-up," U. C. Knoepflmacher illuminates this debate, probing deeply into the relations between adults and children, adults and their own childhood selves, and the lives of beloved Victorian authors and their "children’s tales." Ventures into Childland will delight and instruct all readers of children’s classics, and will be essential reading for students of Victorian culture and gender studies.


Subjects: Literature; Literary Criticism; Gender and Sexuality;; Children's Literature; Fairy Tales; Victorian Era; Victorian Literature; Childhood;