Children’s Neo-Romanticism: The Archaeological Imagination in British Post-War Children’s Fantasy

  • Nick Campbell

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The focus of this study is a trend in British children’s literature concerning the ancientness of British landscape, with what I argue is a Neo-Romantic sensibility. Neo-Romanticism is marked by highly subjective viewpoints on the countryside, and I argue that it illuminates our understanding of post-war children’s literature, particularly in what is often called its Second Golden Age. Through discussion of four generally overlooked authors, each of importance to this formative publishing era, I aim to explore certain aspects of the Second Golden Age children’s literature establishment. I argue that the trend I critique is characterised by ambiguity, defined by the imaginative practice entailed in the archaeological view
    Date of Award10 Oct 2017
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Roehampton
    SupervisorDavid Priestman (Supervisor) & Alison Waller (Supervisor)


    • Children's literature
    • Fantasy fiction
    • Landscapes in literature

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