The Land of Lost Content explores the ways in which nineteenth-century French writers represented childhood and children in their work. Ranging widely through poetry, fiction, autobiographies, and letters, Rosemary Lloyd shows how writers as diverse as Baudelaire and Hector Malot, George Sand and Pierre Loti, Flaubert and Judith Gautier, gradually responded to changing concepts of the self.
After a study of the problems and motifs which recur in autobiography, a chronological survey of fictional texts shows the development of a series of myths of childhood, successively debunked by later writers who in turn create their own myths.
Rosemary Lloyd goes on to explore such central themes as reading, nature, and school. She examines the evolution of a literature in which the child becomes the main protagonist, and also addresses the question of whether the child figure is merely used as a reductive stereotype.
This is the first study of childhood in nineteenth-century France to encompass autobiography, major fiction, and works for children, and to use as its primary focus the narratological difficulties of recreating childhood.
'Well aware of how deadening a thematic approach can be ... Lloyd ensures that detailed attention to a well-chosen canon of major texts precedes the inevitably looser, but still very useful, discussion of topics, such as gender, food, school and reading. Lloyd is at her best when she provides a framework where we can see afresh the singular merits of Vallès's ferocious attack on parent and pedagogue in L'Enfant.'
Times Literary Supplement
Times Higher Education Supplement
'We cannot but be impressed with the range of Lloyd's reading ... Those readers who need an overview of where children appear in nineteenth-century French literature will find Lloyd's study useful.'
Raymond Bach, Colgate University, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Volume 22, Number 1 & 2, Winter, 1993-1994
'Rosemary Lloyd's Land of Lost Content is a sinteresting for the questions it raises and the themes it suggests as for the light it throws on the 'long' eighteenth century.'
Mitzi Myers. University of California, Los Angeles. Eighteenth-century Fiction. 6:3
|List of Plates||p. xiv|
|Remembering Childhood||p. 23|
|Finding a Voice||p. 24|
|The Sense of a Beginning||p. 31|
|Finding the Self||p. 44|
|Observing Childhood||p. 64|
|Looking down on Romanticism's Children||p. 65|
|Altering the Focus||p. 76|
|Shifting the Viewpoint towards Realism||p. 93|
|Changing the Horizon||p. 109|
|Experiencing Childhood||p. 119|
|Enfant maudit||p. 120|
|Apprentice Adult||p. 129|
|The Child as Explorer||p. 137|
|Apprentice Revolutionary||p. 145|
|The Child as Puppet Master||p. 158|
|Deciphering Childhood||p. 170|
|The World||p. 187|
|Embodying Childhood||p. 223|
|Further Reading||p. 262|
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Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 18th June 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.3
Weight (kg): 0.52