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The Boy Detective in Early British Children's Literature : Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhood.

Author: Lucy Andrew
Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2017.
Series: Critical approaches to children's literature.
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This book maps the development of the boy detective in British children's literature from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century. It explores how this liminal figure - a boy operating within a man's world - addresses adult anxieties about boyhood and the boy's transition to manhood. It investigates the literary, social and ideological significance of a vast array of popular detective narratives appearing  Read more...
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Andrew, Lucy.
Boy Detective in Early British Children's Literature : Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhood.
Cham : Springer International Publishing, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy Andrew
ISBN: 9783319620909 3319620908
OCLC Number: 1009259250
Description: 1 online resource (248 pages).
Contents: ""Acknowledgements""; ""Contents""; ""Chapter 1 Introduction: The Birth of the Boy Detective""; ""Chapter 2 The Corruption of Youth: Juvenile Delinquency and the Boy Detective Hero""; ""The Origins of Juvenile Crime Fiction""; ""â#x80;#x9C;Penny Dreadfulsâ#x80;#x9D; and Moral Panics""; ""The Boy Detective as Moral Exemplar""; ""Restricting the Boy Detective""; ""The Boy Detective Fails""; ""Chapter 3 Taming the Beast: Adolescence, Empire and the Detectiveâ#x80;#x99;s Boy Assistant""; ""The Rise of â#x80;#x9C;Respectableâ#x80;#x9D; Detective Fiction for Boys""; ""The â#x80;#x9C;Delinquentâ#x80;#x9D; Adolescent and â#x80;#x9C;Blind-Alleyâ#x80;#x9D; Labour"" ""Civilising the â#x80;#x9C;Delinquentâ#x80;#x9D; Adolescent""""Civilising the Foreigner""; ""The Disappearance of the Early Boy Assistants""; ""Chapter 4 â#x80;#x9C;Be Prepared!â#x80;#x9D;: Looming Conflict, Active Citizenship and the Rise of the Professional Boy Detective""; ""The Centralisation of the Boy Detective in Boysâ#x80;#x99; Story Papers""; ""Invasion Threats, Physical Deterioration and Britainâ#x80;#x99;s Boys""; ""The Boy Detective as Saviour of the Man""; ""The Holmesian Boy Super-Detective""; ""Boy Scouts and the Boy Detective Partnership""; ""Rejecting Holmes: The Boy Reader as Detective""; ""Always the Assistant"" ""Chapter 5 Forever Young: The Cult of Childhood and the Schoolboy Detective""""The School Story and the Schoolboy Detective""; ""The School as a Safe Haven""; ""The Schoolboy Detective and Moral Development""; ""Hybridisation and the Future of Juvenile Detective Fiction""; ""Chapter 6 The Journey Continues? Boy Detectives Beyond the Story Papers""; ""Appendix: Chronology""; ""Bibliography""
Series Title: Critical approaches to children's literature.

Abstract:

This book maps the development of the boy detective in British children's literature from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century. It explores how this liminal figure - a boy operating within a man's world - addresses adult anxieties about boyhood and the boy's transition to manhood. It investigates the literary, social and ideological significance of a vast array of popular detective narratives appearing in 'penny dreadfuls' and story papers which were aimed primarily at working-class boys. This study charts the relationship between developments in the representation of the fictional boy detective and changing expectations of and attitudes towards real-life British boys during a period where the boy's role in the future of the Empire was a key concern. It emphasises the value of the early fictional boy detective as an ideological tool to condition boy readers to fulfil adult desires and expectations of what boyhood and, in the future, proper manhood should entail. It will be of particular importance to scholars working in the fields of children's literature, crime fiction and popular culture.

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