Cult Of Childhood, The

Deborah Bowman presents four radio essays exploring the theme of childhood in the literary culture of the first half of the 20th century, particularly the 1920s and 30s.

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ESSAY01An Age To Be Small In2007042320070917Deborah Bowman presents four radio essays exploring the theme of childhood in the literary culture of the first half of the 20th century, particularly the 1920s and 30s.An introductory essay surveying the interest of writers of this period in children, childishness, baby-talk and the childlike.
ESSAY02Peter Pans And Pyjama Parties2007042420070918This essay examines the influence of Freud and the invention of the notion of adolescence, showing how it found its way into literature from Colette to Evelyn Waugh
ESSAY03Generation Gap2007042520070919Deborah investigates the social psychology of the generation gap, a phrase first used by Rose Macaulay in an age worried about the idea that young people might 'rise up' and lay waste to older generations.
ESSAY04 LASTThe Amazing True Story Of The Flapper2007042620070920Deborah argues that Flappers and other kinds of childlike posing were a way of criticising the adult world.|Writers featured include Hilaire Belloc and Saki.