Bob And Charlie Essay

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Time, Subjectivity, and Modernism in E. Nesbit’s Children’s Fiction Anderson, Susan. Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Volume 32, Number 4, Winter 2007, pp. 308-322 (Article) Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press DOI: 10.1353/chq.2007.0046 For additional information about this article Access Provided by Emporia State University at 07/05/11 6:50PM GMT Time, Subjectivity, and Modernism in E. Nesbit’s Children’s Fiction Susan Anderson Long appreciated as an innovative writer, E. Nesbit has been recognized for a vigorous depiction of children: a refreshing and original break with previous styles of children’s writing. Yet her place in the popular imagination is as a writer of amusing Edwardian period pieces, as evinced by recent radio profiles of her and adaptations of her work, which, as costume drama, engage with the pleasures of nostalgia. This article interrogates this apparent contradiction by placing Nesbit in the historical and cultural context of modernism. The popular nature of Nesbit’s output and its mass-produced, serial format initially could seem to exclude her from a consideration of literary modernism. As Randall Stevenson notes, however, “the philosophy, literature and social fabric of any age are more validly considered developing in parallel, rather than in ‘planes’ one above the other” (13), and children’s literature can, and should, be incorporated into this holistic approach. Children’s literature should not be seen as responding to wider forces as filtered down from the higher plane of modernist adult culture but instead should be seen as itself a factor in an interactive model of cultural change and development. It is therefore useful to examine it in tandem with other evidence of historical developments in culture, and this article places

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