This study examines the function and significance of houses in children's literature, concentrating on a close reading of a large number of representative texts. The houses that children live in, move to or visit in these novels are especially striking and unforgettable. Throughout the fiction the house is a dominant setting, occupying a prominent place and producing a powerful imaginative impact upon the reader. This book addresses the need for a comprehensive examination of the symbolic and structural patterns of domestic settings in children's literature. It was written especially for those who would like to see children's literature placed in the same context and judged by the same criteria as its adult counterpart.
Pauline Dewan received her Ph.D. in English from York University (Toronto), specializing in Victorian Literature. She has published articles on nineteenth-century fiction, and her particular field of interest is adult and children's fiction from the eighteenth century to the present.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Inside and Outside Houses; 3. The Search for an Ideal Home; 4. Houses and the Past; 5. Land, Sea, and Island Homes; 6. Home Away from Home; 7. The Search for a Home and Parents; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index