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Western University
English 2033E
Gabrielle Ceraldi

th Children’s Lit – Sept 12 , 2013 Puritan - 1500s – 1800s - Original sin - Sinfulness is something you’re born with (because of Adam and Eve) - Adults ought to be morally superior to children because they have had more time to learn morality training etc. - Children come into this world with a predisposition of sin - Didactic  serves a purpose of teaching  moral teaching  obedience - “The Exhortation of a Father to His Children” – Robert Smith (d. 1555) Possess not pride in any wise Build not your house too high But have always before your eyes, The ye be born to die. - Reminding children of their mortality  part of religious teaching  being prepared to face God/judgement and hopefully get into heaven - You need to be morally & spiritually prepared to die in the right way such that you go to heaven Transitional - 1690 – John Locke - Tabula rasa  blank slate - Innocence – absence of certain types of experience - Power of children’s literature to form early impressions - Bildungsroman – a novel that traces the development of a character from childhood to adulthood - Childhood becomes a very important time - 1762 – Jean Jacques Rousseau - The “Noble Savage” - Society and civilization are the corrupting forces - The inherent goodness of children Romantic - 1807 – William Wordsworth “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” - Adults ought to learn from children - Perhaps the soul exists in heaven prior to our birth - I
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