Dr Siân Pooley

Sian Pooley,‘“Leagues of Love” and “Column Comrades”: Children’s Responses to War in late-Victorian and Edwardian England’, in L. Paul, R.R. Johnston, and E. Short (eds), Children’s Literature and Culture of the First World War (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 301-18

Children’s Literature and Culture of the First World War

Because all wars in the twenty-first century are potentially global wars, the centenary of the first global war is the occasion for reflection. This volume offers an unprecedented account of the lives, stories, letters, games, schools, institutions (such as the Boy Scouts and YMCA), and toys of children in Europe, North America, and the Global South during the First World War and surrounding years. By engaging with developments in Children’s Literature, War Studies, and Education, and mining newly available archival resources (including letters written by children), the contributors to this volume demonstrate how perceptions of childhood changed in the period. Children who had been constructed as Romantic innocents playing safely in secure gardens were transformed into socially responsible children actively committing themselves to the war effort. In order to foreground cross-cultural connections across what had been perceived as ‘enemy’ lines, perspectives on German, American, British, Australian, and Canadian children’s literature and culture are situated so that they work in conversation with each other. The multidisciplinary, multinational range of contributors to this volume make it distinctive and a particularly valuable contribution to emerging studies on the impact of war on the lives of children.

  • Social and subjective experience in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain
  • Children, childhood and the life course
  • Relationships between individuals, families and social policies

For further details of my collaborative research project on Childhood Adversity and Lifetime Resilience, see: torch.ox.ac.uk/childhood

http://history.web.ox.ac.uk/centre-history-childhood 

  • Parenthood between Generations: Transforming Reproductive Cultures

  • “Leagues of Love” and “Column Comrades”: Children’s Responses to War in late-Victorian and Edwardian England', in Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War

  • Children’s Writing and the Popular Press in England 1876–1914

  • Parenthood, child-rearing and fertility in England, 1850–1914

  • 'All we parents want is that our children's health and lives should be regarded': Child Health and Parental Concern in England, c. 1860-1910

  • The Diary of Elizabeth Lee: Growing Up on Merseyside in the Late Nineteenth Century

  • Domestic servants and their urban employers: a case study of Lancaster, 1880-1914

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Jono Taylor

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students or any potential Masters students looking at Nineteenth and twentieth century British social and cultural history 


I currently teach:

Prelims

FHS Masters

History of the British Isles VI: 1815-1924

History of the British Isles VI: 1815-1924

MSt in British and European History post-1500: Theories and Methods

History of the British Isles VII: From 1900

History of the British Isles VII: From 1900

 

Approaches to History

Special Subject: Becoming a citizen, 1860-1902

 

Optional Subject: The New Women in Britain and Ireland, c. 1880-1920

Disciplines in History

 

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