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Men in wonderland : the lost girlhood of the Victorian gentleman

Author: Catherine Robson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fascination with little girls pervaded Victorian culture. For many, girls represented the true essence of childhood or bygone times of innocence; but for middle-class men, especially writers, the interest ran much deeper. In Men in Wonderland, Catherine Robson explores the ways in which various nineteenth-century British male authors constructed girlhood, and analyzes the nature of their investment in the figure of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Robson, Catherine, 1962-
Men in wonderland.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)606536001
Named Person: Lewis Carroll; John Ruskin; Lewis Carroll; John Ruskin; Lewis Carroll; John Ruskin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Robson
ISBN: 0691004226 9780691004228
OCLC Number: 45102925
Language Note: Based on the author's disertation.
Notes: Based on the author's dissertation.
Awards: Commended for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2001
Description: xii, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Of prisons and ungrown girls: Wordsworth, De Quincey, and the construction of the lost self of childhood --
The ideal girl in industrial England --
The stones of childhood: Ruskin's "Lost jewels" --
Lewis Carroll and the little girl: the art of self-effacement --
A "new 'cry of the children'": legislating innocence in the 1880s --
Lewis Carroll's letter to the St. James's Gazette, July 22, 1885.
Responsibility: Catherine Robson.
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