More on Unseen Childhoods is on the Bettany Press site.
This ground-breaking study examines disabled role models, stereotypes and the inclusion/exclusion of disabled characters in 20th-century books for girls and looks at how these change and develop — or fail to change and develop — from the early years through to the middle period and then the last years of the century. Accessible and varied, this collection of essays will appeal to everyone with an interest in children's books, as well as to disabled people and their families, and to students and scholars working in the fields of Children's Literature, Women’s Studies and Disability Studies.
Unseen Childhoods includes:
Helen A. Aveling on the representation of illness and disability within early 20th-century fiction
Linda Dick on how disability was stigmatised in young adult fiction for the ‘baby boomer’ generation in the U.K. and North America
Louise Norlie on stereotyping in late 20th-century children’s fiction
Helen A. Aveling on disabled role models in early 20th-century girls’ school stories
Deborah Kent on alternative representations of blind girls in mid-century children’s fiction
Meredith Guthrie on ‘diabetic’ fiction
Ju Gosling & Julie Newman on illness, disability & mental health in Elsie J. Oxenham’s ‘Abbey’ books
Ju Gosling on illness and disability in Elinor M. Brent-Dyer’s Chalet School series
Rebecca Butler on the representation of relationships between disabled characters and their siblings in contemporary children’s fiction