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Founded in 1974, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens is a publication affiliated with the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France, which is committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on British Victorian and Edwardian literature, art, and cultural history.

It is a double-blind, peer-reviewed bi-annual journal which accepts year-round submissions, in French or in English, for both its general and special issues, as well as book reviews.

Latest issue
92 Automme | 2020
‘Dear Child’: Talking to Children in Victorian and Edwardian Publications for Children

So many children’s books were published during the Victorian and Edwardian eras that scholars refer to that period as ‘the Golden Age of children’s literature’. Several children’s authors of the period no longer considered children’s publications as a way to educate children but as a means to entertain them and, accordingly, adopted a conversational tone in their publications. Other Victorian and Edwardian authors of children’s fiction, however, took this ‘conversational turn’—employing talkative narrators or depicting congenial adult-child conversations—only to better constrain children and their reactions. The introduction and the eight contributions to this special issue of Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens are devoted to these intricate ethical and ideological questions underpinning some of the forms that adult-child conversations took in nineteenth-century juvenile publications. The case studies reveal that Victorian and Edwardian authors who resorted to conversations and conversational tones in their publications were very much aware of the power relationships they entertained with their child readers—whether they decided to exploit them in order to improve an audience they thought of or constructed as ‘deficient,’ or to empower young people they believed had, or would come to have, a sense of agency.

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