Childhood and Children’s Literature

This collection introduces and explores the captivating world of children’s literature from its origins up to the early 20th century. From the moralising tales of the early 17th century to the advent of illustration; from nursery rhymes and enthralling fairy tales to poignant orphan narratives and haunting school stories that instigated essential social reforms; and from exciting adventures and fantasies to diverting books of nonsense and engaging animal stories.

Morals and manners


Reason and Romanticism

Books with child leads: foundlings and orphans

Jane Eyre and the rebellious child’s perspective

School stories

Fantasy and fairy tale

Logic, limericks and nonsense

Animals and anthropomorphism

The Just So Stories and modern morality