Consuming Irish Children (häftad)
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Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
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222 x 152 x 19 mm
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Consuming Irish Children (häftad)

Consuming Irish Children

Advertising and the Art of Independence, 1860-1921

Häftad Engelska, 2017-10-30
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As far as Irish history is concerned, consuming Irish children was not only a matter for Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal. Late nineteenth-century Ireland saw the emergence of a thriving home-grown advertising industry, and the Irish child played a pivotal role in developing a nascent consumer state from the 1860s until 1921. Through extensive analysis of advertising copy, historical materials, ephemera and literature, this study links the child-centred consumer culture of Victorian Ireland with its impact on the establishment of the independent state. This form of "Celtic consumerism" was also evident in Scotland following the Gaelic Revival, positioning the child as the newest participant in a national process of consumption. Due to high child literacy rates, which outstripped those of mainland Britain, Ireland's children were appealed to as literate consumers in advertising copy and were informed of the perils or benefits of consumer culture in late Victorian Irish literature. This book presents a fascinating picture of the role of the child in the Irish marketplace at the fin de siecle, as well as investigating simultaneous developments in the Irish education system and laws concerning the care and welfare of children.
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Lauren Rebecca Clark completed her doctoral studies at the University of Sunderland and is currently a lecturer in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China. Her research interests include Irish studies, world literature, literary theory, cultural studies and comparative studies.


CONTENTS: Message in a Bottle - Positioning the Irish Fin-de-Siecle Child in Literature, Popular Press and Advertising - Peaceful Pearse and Shaw the Social Critic? National Advertising, Educational and Social Development - "Moocows" and the Masses: Children in Literature, Advertising and Consumer Culture in Victorian Ireland - Child Readers, Child Buyers - "Affluenza" and Advertising: Commodifying and Curing Children in Ireland, 1860-1921 - "The Charity Myth" and Consumer Culture: Irish Charity Children and Franco-Irish Foundlings - Second Cities of Empire: Celtic Consumerism Exhibited - The Convenient Timing of CCAL Ireland.