Unseen Childhoods: Disabled Characters in 20th-Century Books for Girls
Helen A. Aveling (Editor)
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Unseen Childhoods is a collection of essays by British and American authors, all of whom have personal experience of disability. Disabled characters are few and far between in children’s literature, and those that do exist are often stereotyped and two-dimensional. But there are characters — and authors — who buck the trend, appearing in books by favourites such as Dorita Fairlie Bruce, Elsie J. Oxenham, Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, L. M. Montgomery, Eleanor H. Porter and Frances Hodgson Burnett, as well in books by lesser-known authors.
This ground-breaking study examines disabled role models, stereotypes and the inclusion/exclusion of disabled characters in 20th-century books for girls and looks at how these change and develop — or fail to change and develop — from the early years through to the middle period and then the last years of the century. Accessible and varied, this collection of essays will appeal to everyone with an interest in children's books, as well as to disabled people and their families, and to students and scholars working in the fields of Children's Literature, Women’s Studies and Disability Studies.
Unseen Childhoods includes:
Helen A. Aveling on
the representation of illness and disability within the early 20th century
Click here to read an interview with Helen A. Aveling and learn more about the background to the publication.
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