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The children's table : childhood studies and the humanities / edited by Anna Mae Duane
Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2013
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 3rd Floor  HQ767.85 .C488 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Children -- Research
Children -- Study and teaching
Physical Description viii, 265 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction: the children's table: childhood studies and the humanities -- The prepolitical child of child-centered jurisprudence / Annette Ruth Appell -- Childhood of the race: a critical race theory intervention into childhood studies / Lucia Hodgson -- Childhood studies and history: catching a culture in high relief / James Marten -- Childism: the challenge of childhood to ethics and the humanities / John Wall -- "So wicked: revisiting Uncle Tom's Cabin's sentimental racism through the lens of the child / Sophie Bell -- Minority/Majority: childhood studies and antebellum American literature / LEsley Ginsberg -- The architectures of childhood / Roy Kozlovsky -- "I was a lesbian child": Queer thoughts about childhood studies / Sarah Chinn -- Trans(cending) gender through childhood / Susan Honeyman -- Childhood studies and literary adoption / Carol Singley -- Childhood as performance / Robin Bernstein -- In the archives of childhood / Karen Sánkchez-Eppler -- Doing childhood studies: the view from within / Lynne Vallone
Summary "This collection brings together an eclectic range of prominent scholars in architecture, education, history, law, literary criticism, and cultural studies to explore how the field of childhood studies questions some of the most basic tenets of humanities scholarship-and to consider how these questions can bridge disciplines. Each essay pairs childhood studies with another field of inquiry to ask explicitly how foregrounding the child reorients long-established scholarly foundations in that field. Childhood studies' insistence that we need to rethink the symbolic work of the child necessarily realigns a host of other fields that, often uncritically, draw upon the false dichotomy separating the vulnerable, dependent child from the allegedly independent and autonomous adult. By complicating our assumptions about the child, we are also providing a new way of thinking through some of the most basic tenets of the humanities. Anna Mae Duane notes that much of the exciting work in the humanities seeks to recover the voices of those who have been infantilized, including women, people of color, and the GLBT community. This volume features thirteen essays by leading scholars who reveal how childhood studies offers a vital methodological and theoretical roadmap for engaging issues that are among the most important and provocative in the humanities-the recovery of colonized voices, the definition of agency, the performance of identity, and the construction of gender and race, to name a few. Each of the essays seeks to understand how rhetorical views of childhood shape views of power, politics, knowledge, and sociality"-- Provided by publisher
Alternate Author Duane, Anna Mae, 1968-

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