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Economies of Childness in Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming

cam.issuedOnline2019-02-05
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dc.contributor.authorHardstaff, S
dc.contributor.orcidHardstaff, Sarah [0000-0002-2636-4131]
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-17T00:30:09Z
dc.date.available2019-01-17T00:30:09Z
dc.date.issued2019-03
dc.description.abstractIn this paper I focus on the ways in which multiple constructions of childhood are produced, consumed and exchanged as child characters negotiate the adult world in Homecoming (1981), the first of Cynthia Voigt’s Tillerman novels. Drawing on Peter Hollindale’s ideas about interactions and exchanges between children and adults, I explore the ways in which the agency of Voigt’s child characters is limited and conditioned by adult ideas about them. Yet at the same time, the children are often depicted as being able to turn these ideas to their advantage. In Homecoming’s symbolic and material economies, questions about trust, risk and value come to the fore, painting a picture of precarious youth that both reflects and expands existing debates on childhood outside the text. The paper is framed in terms of entrepreneurialism, the criminality ascribed to unaccompanied children, questions of autonomy and capacity and, finally, constructions of gender.
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.35398
dc.identifier.eissn1573-1693
dc.identifier.issn0045-6713
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/288083
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.publisher.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10583-018-9375-5
dc.subject47 Language, Communication and Culture
dc.subject4705 Literary Studies
dc.subjectPediatric
dc.titleEconomies of Childness in Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage59
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationDate2019
prism.publicationNameChildren's Literature in Education
prism.startingPage47
prism.volume50
pubs.funder-project-idAHRC (1517316)
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-03-15
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s10583-018-9375-5

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