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Title: A brand new sense of wonder? Novels of childhood in the era of transnational capitalism
Author: Pendry, Helen
ISNI:       0000 0001 1233 2641
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2004
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In this thesis I ask why the child figure, and the theme of childhood, recur so frequently in contemporary novels. I argue that the child and childhood epitomise a form of acute awareness, combined with a sense of relative powerlessness, that encapsulate a particular postmodern consciousness or 'cultural hypothesis' (Raymond Williams). From this, I speculate that the theme of childhood expresses a crisis in a sense of agency, and in the relationship between effective action for social change, and the modes of knowing about the world currently available to us.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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