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Critical Children: The Use of Childhood in Ten Great Novels

Richard Locke


This book analyzes ten books in which children feature as critical characters and assesses the ways the children in these novels have been used to explore and evade large social, psychological and moral problems. The novels the book explores portray children so vividly that their names are instantly recognizable. The book traces the 130-year evolution of these iconic child characters, moving from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Pip in Great Expectations to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; from Miles and Flora in The Turn of the Screw to Peter Pan and his modern American descendant, Holden ... More

Keywords: Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, The Turn of the Screw, Peter Pan, Holden Caulfield, Lolita, Alexander Portnoy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231157834
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Locke, author
Columbia University