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PUBLIC LECTURE: ‘Delight in Friendship: The Proprieties of Affection in Early British Children’s Literature’

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‘Delight in Friendship: The Proprieties of Affection in Early British Children’s Literature’ : Hosted by ARC Centre for the History of Emotions. Other events...
Abstract: Friendship, unsurprisingly, features prominently in children’s literature, perhaps most particularly in the school stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the eighteenth century, however, the period when children’s literature was first becoming established as a separate sector of print culture, the question of friendship was more vexed. ‘Love and Affection … will naturally lead you to delight in Friendship’, writes one mid eighteenth-century author to her young readers. But, she goes on to warn, ‘Delight in Friendship may lead you into all manner of Errors’. This paper will consider the place and proprieties of friendship in early British children’s books and ask why, to many authors, friendship was a perilous exercise that brought more harm than good both to the individual and society.
Speaker(s) Professor Matthew Grenby (Newcastle University, UK),
Location Webb Lecture Theatre, G21, Geography Building, UWA
Contact Pam Bond <[email protected] > : 6488 3858
URL https://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/delight-in-friendship-the-proprieties-of-affection-in-early-british-children%E2%80%99s-literature.aspx
Start Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:00
End Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:00
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Last Updated Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:51
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