By G. Rousseau
Teenagers and Sexuality discusses the old courting among teenagers and sexuality, and the altering perspectives of child-adult kinfolk within the sexual area, in a sequence of case reviews extending from the Greeks to the good battle. Chapters supply hugely unique interpretations of those instances that problem the acquired perspectives of kids and sexuality, in addition to conventional disciplinary conventions. whereas the ebook is firmly grounded in historical past and literature, biography and social customized, it additionally engages with present debates in literary and cultural heritage; in addition to the recent historical past and anthropology of adolescence
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331–3. 11. In this sense it differs from Robert Woods in Children Remembered (see n. 6). 12. Graham Ovenden and Robert Melville, Victorian Children (London: Academy Editions; St. Martin’s Press, 1972) with unpaginated leaves. Compare its visual boldness with, for example, Eleanor Allen, Victorian Children (London: A. and C. Black, 1973) published in the same year. For some of the erotic cults feeding into their approach see James R. Kincaid, Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture (New York; London: Routledge, 1992).
This book, instead, is organized around approximately a dozen case studies that are microcosms of larger structures of belief about sex and society at the time. Every ‘case study’ is a charged phenomenon: it has been selected from a variety of competing ‘other’ case histories (the fact of having to make the choice itself is worrying for the narrator) and has been made to seem representative – or the opposite – of cultural norms and national traditions. It entails a delicate balancing act between the presentation of the so-called ‘facts’ and charges of voyeurism and invasiveness; the tension is doubly fraught in the case of reconstructing children’s lives.
Alison Hennegan demonstrates they could, especially when girls waxed lyrical about their teachers or vice-versa. 67 They could embrace and kiss with impunity, as they do in the illustrations of so many Victorian annual calendars, their sexual organs not yet visibly aroused as they were among males. But some ‘sapphist’ teachers encouraged affections and enacted affairs. Potentially alarming, they held these girls in their palms, so to speak, at their most formative periods of development. 68 22 Introduction Or was it the reverse – girls unwittingly seducing teachers?
Children and Sexuality: The Greeks to the Great War by G. Rousseau