ENGL 2000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: England In The Middle Ages, Unearth

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Domesticity: based on the household
- i.e. family, children
Modern equivalent of a conduct poem: books, TV, fairy tales
- All of the above have a point behind story
- Fairy tales were often very dark
o Help get point across better
Aries: published ‘Centuries of Childhood’ in 1960
- Claims that the idea of childhood did not exist in medieval times
o Does not account for children’s literature of the time
There are examples of children’s literature written for different age groups
Bailey: published ‘Socializing the Child’ in 2012
- Claims that the household and family are the basic units of Western society
o Wrote about Medieval England
- Family life in England shows larger societal norms
- Male experiences are easier to unearth than female
- Believes there is a difference between studying childhood and children
o Unlike Aries who believes they are one and the same
Important historical events in Medieval Era:
1. Surge of mystical writings by women in the 15th century
- Women came to have a powerful role as anchorites (religious women)
o Could have been wives but instead they chose religious life
What does this say about society?
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Domesticity: based on the household i. e. family, children. Modern equivalent of a conduct poem: books, tv, fairy tales. All of the above have a point behind story. Fairy tales were often very dark: help get point across better. Aries: published centuries of childhood" in 1960. Claims that the idea of childhood did not exist in medieval times: does not account for children"s literature of the time. There are examples of children"s literature written for different age groups. Bailey: published socializing the child" in 2012. Claims that the household and family are the basic units of western society: wrote about medieval england. Family life in england shows larger societal norms. Male experiences are easier to unearth than female. Believes there is a difference between studying childhood and children: unlike aries who believes they are one and the same. Important historical events in medieval era: surge of mystical writings by women in the 15th century.

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