This ebook files American modernism’s efforts to disenchant grownup and baby readers alike of the essentialist view of adolescence as redemptive, originary, and common. For James, Barnes, Du Bois, and Stein, the 20 th century’s flow to place the kid on the heart of the self and society raised matters concerning the shrinking worth of adulthood and brought on a severe reaction that imagined formative years and children’s narratives in methods nearly adversarial to either. during this unique research, Michelle H. Phillips argues that American modernism’s frequent critique of early life ended in a few of the period’s so much significant and such a lot misunderstood experiments with interiority, narration, and children’s literature.
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