Infinitely Determinable - Children and Childhood in Modern Literature, Paperback / softback Book

Infinitely Determinable - Children and Childhood in Modern Literature Paperback / softback

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Upon the "discovery of childhood," as named by Philippe Aries, bourgeois culture and modern literature marked out an arcane realm that, while scarcely accessible for adults, acted as a space for projections of the most contradictory kind and diverse ideological purposes: childhood.

As this book reveals, from the eighteenth century onwards, the child increasingly came into focus in literature as a mysterious creature.

Now the child seems a strange being, constantly unsettling and alienating, although exposed to ongoing territorialization.

This is possible because the space of 'childhood' is essentially blank and indefinite.

Modernity, therefore, has discovered it as a zone, in the words of Friedrich Schiller of "boundless determinability."