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Title: Edith Nesbit's later children's fantasy novels, 1907-1913 : magic, socialism, and sexuality
Author: Promsuttirak, Pisuda
ISNI:       0000 0004 7655 2637
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis examines Edith Nesbit's children's novels written between 1907 and 1913. Major works in focus include The Enchanted Castle (1907), The House of Arden (1908), Harding's Luck (1909), The Magic City (1910), The Wonderful Garden (1911), and Wet Magic (1913). The study inquires into the ways in which Nesbit applies views about children and childhood to explore and express three major political ideologies: power, socialism, and sexuality. Interrogating the connection between fantasy and agentic powers, the use of fictional child figures within the socialist context, and the connection between gender authority and sexual maturation, the analysis challenges the idealisation of childhood. Placing these novels in the Edwardian literary and socio-political contexts, the representation of children in Nesbit's works reflects and questions the concurrent attitudes towards children and adults' treatment of the young members of society.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: PR English literature ; PZ Childrens literature