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Pasts at play

Childhood encounters with history in British culture, 1750-1914

Edited by Rachel Bryant Davies and Barbara Gribling

Pasts at play
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    This collection brings together scholars from disciplines including Children's Literature, Classics, and History to develop fresh approaches to children's culture and the uses of the past. It charts the significance of historical episodes and characters during the long nineteenth-century (1750-1914), a critical period in children's culture. Boys and girls across social classes often experienced different pasts simultaneously, for purposes of amusement and instruction. The book highlights an active and shifting market in history for children, and reveals how children were actively involved in consuming and repackaging the past: from playing with historically themed toys and games to performing in plays and pageants. Each chapter reconstructs encounters across different media, uncovering the cultural work done by particular pasts and exposing the key role of playfulness in the British historical imagination.

    Reviews

    'Pasts at play makes a valuable contribution to scholarship on informal learning, revealing how much more we understand about the history of education when we look beyond the school gates.'
    Siân Pooley, Victorian Studies

    Contents

    Introduction: pasts at play - Rachel Bryant Davies and Barbara Gribling
    Part I: Biblical and archaeological pasts
    1 Noah's Ark-aeology and nineteenth-century children - Melanie Keene
    2 Bringing Egypt home: children's encounters with ancient Egypt in the long nineteenth century - Virginia Zimmerman
    Part II: Classical pasts
    3 Didactic heroes: masculinity, sexuality and exploration in the Argonaut story of Kingsley's The Heroes - Helen Lovatt
    4 'Fun from the Classics': puzzling antiquity in The Boy's Own Paper - Rachel Bryant Davies
    Part III: Medieval and early modern pasts
    5 Youthful consumption and conservative visions: Robin Hood and Wat Tyler in late Victorian penny periodicals - Stephen Basdeo
    6 A tale of two ladies? Stuart women as role models for Victorian and Edwardian girls and young women - Rosemary Mitchell
    Part IV: Revived pasts
    7 Tarry-at-home antiquarians: children's 'tour books' 1740-1840 - M. O. Grenby
    8 Playing with the past: child consumers, pedagogy and British history games, c. 1780-1850 - Barbara Gribling
    9 Re-enacting local history in the Stepney Children's Pageant, 1909 - Ellie Reid
    Appendix A: A list of 'tour books' - M. O. Grenby
    Appendix B: A list of British history-themed toys and games - Barbara Gribling
    Index

    Editors

    Rachel Bryant Davies is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London
    Barbara Gribling is a Visiting Researcher in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University

    Pasts at play

    Edited by Rachel Bryant Davies, Barbara Gribling

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