Children, childhood and Irish society

1500 to the present

Maria Luddy & James Smith editors

Hardback €58.50
Catalogue Price: €65.00
ISBN: 978-1-84682-525-5
November 2014. 448pp.

The Child and History

Early modern Ireland and the history of the child
Mary O’Dowd

Children, street trading and the representation of public space in Edwardian Ireland
Gillian McIntosh

‘The primary and natural educator’? The role of parents in the education of their children in independent Ireland
Mary E. Daly

Charity, Welfare and Child Care

Cribbed, contained and confined? The care of children under the Irish poor law, 1850–1920
Virginia Crossman

The early years of the NSPCC in Ireland
Maria Luddy

Child welfare services, 1970–80: from the Kennedy Committee to the task force
Eoin O’Sullivan

The ‘public child’ and the reluctant state?
Robbie Gilligan

Shaping Childhood Cultures

‘Fiction, amusement, instruction’: the Irish Fireside Club and the education ideology of the Gaelic League
Ríona Ní Congáil

The Irish schoolboy novel
Ciaran O’Neill

‘Educate that you might be free’: childhood reading in Irish literary autobiography
Claire Lynch

‘Lessons for life’: the representation of adult–child relationships in twentieth-century Irish-language autobiographical writing
Máirín Nic Eoin

‘In my father’s house’: renegotiations of boyhood in life writing by John McGahren, Ciaran O’Driscoll, Dermot Healy and Ciaran Carson
Barry Sloan

Literary Imaginings

Jonathan Swift’s childhoods
Mary Shine Thompson

‘Suffer the little children’: Irish revivalism and the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde
Brandon Jernigan

‘Outside the embrace of love’: female education and queer patriarchy in Kate O’Brien’s The land of spices
Eibhear Walshe

‘In my mind I build a house’: the quest for family in the children’s fiction of Patricia Lynch
Leeann Lane

‘No right to be a child’: Irish girlhood and queer time in Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s The dancers dancing
Kelly J.S. McGovern

Coming of age in the 1990s: Mary Robinson and the Irish literary childhood
Jane Elizabeth Dougherty

Cultural Representations

‘The children of the nation’: representations of poor children in mainstream nationalist journalism, 1882 and 1913
Margot Backus

Loss of innocents: Irish cinema and the child
Ruth Barton

Age as a category of analysis in the history of childhood
Harry Hendrick