Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Child to ComeLife After the Human Catastrophe$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rebekah Sheldon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689873

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689873.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Face

Face

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Face
Source:
The Child to Come
Author(s):

Rebekah Sheldon

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816689873.003.0001

The introduction of the book lays out the historical and theoretical stakes of its project. It works to chart the movement from the child-in-need-of rescue (characterized by Henry James’s 1898 novella Turn of the Screw) to the child-as-resource by the way of Kazou Ishiguro’s 2005 Never Let Me Go. As Carolyn Steedman argues in Strange Dislocations, scientific accounts of physiological growth and development were central to the construction of the child as well as to evolutionary thought, a congruence expressed in recapitulation theory. In essence, the link forged between the child and the species helped to shape eugenic historiography, focalized reproduction as a matter of concern for racial nationalism, and made the child a mode of time keeping.

Keywords:   Childhood Studies, Posthumanism, Popular Culture, Literature, Media, Narrative science, Biopolitics, Narrative tropes

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.