Youth of Darkest England: Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 22, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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This book examines the representation of English working-class children OCo the youthful inhabitants of the poor urban neighborhoods that a number of writers dubbed darkest England OCo in Victorian and Edwardian imperialist literature. In particular, Boone focuses on how the writings for and about youth undertook an ideological project to enlist working-class children into the British imperial enterprise, demonstrating convincingly that the British working-class youth resisted a nationalist identification process that tended to eradicate or obfuscate class differences. "

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Troy M. Boone is Assistant Professor of English and Acting Director of the Children's Literature Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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