Reading children/children reading: the problematic nature of eighteenth century children's literature in Locke, Rousseau and Day

Tom Furniss

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This essay locates Thomas Day's The History of Sandford and Merton: A Work Intended for the Use of Children (1787-1789) within eighteenth-century debates about childhood and children's literature. It begins by arguing that John Locke, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), both established the principles for a revolution in children's literature and brought into question the very possibility of such a literature.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCorvey Women Writers on the Web (CW3)
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • english studies
  • reading
  • children

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