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Words about war for boys: Representations of soldiers and conflict in writing for children before World War 1

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kim Reynolds


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A consideration of the claim that writing for children encouraged young people to enlist and otherwise participate in the First World War with reference to a range of widely-read materials. This illustrated article demonstrates that such a thesis is simplistic and misrepresents the sobre and conflicted nature of much writing about war for young people in the three decades prior to the outbreak of hostilities in 1914.

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Author(s): Reynolds K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

Year: 2009

Volume: 34

Issue: 3

Pages: 255-271

Print publication date: 01/09/2009

ISSN (print): 0885-0429

ISSN (electronic): 1553-1201

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press


DOI: 10.1353/chq.0.1919


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