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The Experience of Childhood 1600-1914
His previous books include Gender, Sex, and Subordination in England, He lives in the UK. Show more Show less. No ratings or reviews yet. Be the first to write a review. Best-selling in Non Fiction See all.
Growing Up in England: The Experience of Childhood, | Times Higher Education (THE)
The next moment Monsieur Rousseau was suggesting that you turn the little blighters out into the garden with the chickens and let them assemble their own education from a couple of twigs and some mud pies. No wonder adults tended to look tired and just a wee bit confused. In this revisionist account, however, Fletcher argues that while the rhetoric of childrearing may have bent and shaped itself to every passing intellectual fancy, the actual experience of being an English youngster changed very little over a period of three centuries. Sure, your rocking horse might acquire a bit more rock, not to mention a real horse-hair mane, and your parents might push back your coming-out ball by a couple of years, but the basic social and psychic terrain through which you navigated your way to adulthood barely changed.
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For girls, in as in , this meant submitting to a religious and social home education which would fit you to marry a man just like your father but richer, hopefully. For boys, on the other hand, it was all about separating from home and learning a kind of masculinity that was only achievable by being locked up in a pseudo-castle and subjected to a punishing regime of homoerotic abuse, otherwise known as going to public school.
As this summary suggests, Growing Up in England is overwhelmingly concerned with the experiences of well-heeled juveniles. This isn't because Fletcher has blinkers, but because it is the letters and diaries of these kinds of people that tend to fetch up in private and public archives. Some of the material included here is already well known, and has been thoroughly worked-over before.
Into this category comes Lucy Lyttelton's charming diary which covers the years of her tomboyish yet earnest girlhood at the heart of the Victorian Liberal establishment.
Growing Up in England: The Experience of Childhood 1600-1914 by Anthony Fletcher (Paperback, 2010)
Lucy's mother died when she was 16, leaving her depressed father heavily dependent on his elder children to help raise their 11 siblings. Lucy's diary lurches from whoops of pleasure at her brothers' success at Eton cricket to lacerating notes-to-self about spiritual backsliding not for nothing was her uncle William Gladstone. Familiar though it may be, Lyttelton's diary and later memoir still provide an important counter-weight to the received notion that young girls from elite backgrounds twittered their way through the 19th century doing little more than mangling the French language and plotting about boys.
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