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 -- the youthful inhabitants of the poor urban neighborhoods that a number of writers dubbed "darkest England" -- 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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