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Literacy and childhood…

March 14, 2011

There’s an interesting looking article in the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 2002… In her editorial, Roberta Seelinger Trites writes:

“The second part of an argument begun in the CLAQ Summer 2001 issue (Vol.26, No.2), ‘The Fall into Literacy and the Rise of the Bourgeois Child’ examines the ‘consequences of literacy on the construction of the modern conception of childhood.’ Morgenstern problematizes the relationship of the bourgeois child to literacy.  Indeed, Rousseau’s Emile on this issue’s cover represents both the literacy of the bourgeois child and the classic Romantic tradition of a child character leading the way for adults.”

How are literacy and conceptions of childhood connected?

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