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The Child in Poetry: Foundlings, Lostlings, Changelings: 2005 Warton Lecture on English Poetry

Margaret Reynolds

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264249
eISBN:
9780191734045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264249.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This lecture discusses children out of place, and talks about how children in general, from the eighteenth century until contemporary times, came to be seen as always out of place. Foundlings, ... More


Parents of Poor Children in England 1580-1800

Patricia Crawford

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199204809
eISBN:
9780191709517
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204809.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

This book studies the mothers and fathers of poor children in the England of the early modern and early industrial period. Although we know a good deal about the family life of monarchs in this ... More


Bastards: Politics, Family, and Law in Early Modern France

Matthew Gerber

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199755370
eISBN:
9780199932603
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755370.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Family History

Commonly stigmatized as “bastards” in early modern France, children born out of wedlock were said to have neither kin nor kind, neither family nor nation. In practice, however, many natural parents ... More


A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Rachel Bowlby

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Among the elementary human stories, parenthood has tended to go untold. Compared to the spectacular attachments of romantic love, it is only the predictable sequel. Compared to the passions of ... More


Illegitimacy and the Political History of the Family

Matthew Gerber

in Bastards: Politics, Family, and Law in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199755370
eISBN:
9780199932603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755370.003.0000
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Family History

In the absence of a unified Civil Code, the rights and legal disabilities of children born out of wedlock were matters of perennial debate and litigation in early modern France. Because of ... More


Redefining Social Interest: The Eighteenth-Century Foundling Crisis

Matthew Gerber

in Bastards: Politics, Family, and Law in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199755370
eISBN:
9780199932603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755370.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Family History

Even as French jurists increasingly grounded the exclusion of extramarital offspring from the family on social interest rather than supposed personal defect, the definition of social interest was ... More


Foundling Fathers and Mothers

Rachel Bowlby

in A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Foundling stories, which abound in legend, have generally looked at the fate of the found child, not at the parents on either side, abandoning or taking in. But two famous stories, of Oedipus and ... More


Cases of Double Trouble in Kleist

Andrew J. Webber

in The Doppelgänger: Double Visions in German Literature

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159049
eISBN:
9780191673467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159049.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers in detail two works of Heinrich von Kleist, where he goes beyond the sorts of dualistic patterns of characterization and plot which feature throughout his writing to more fully ... More


Incest and the Medieval Imagination

Elizabeth Archibald

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198112099
eISBN:
9780191708497
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112099.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Incest is a frequent motif in medieval literature. It was more broadly defined in the Middle Ages than today; definitions in lawcodes varied from century to century, but at its broadest incest meant ... More


The Unwanted Child: The Fate of Foundlings, Orphans, and Juvenile Criminals in Early Modern Germany

Joel F. Harrington

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226317274
eISBN:
9780226317298
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317298.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

The baby abandoned on the doorstep is a phenomenon that has virtually disappeared from our experience, but in the early modern world, unwanted children were a very real problem for parents, ... More


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