"Incorporating a wide range of historical documents and literary texts, and written in a clear, engaging style...a stimulating new perspective on the history of child development, which will appeal to a broad range of readers." --Roisin McCloskey, English 17/09/2012
"This is one of those books that makes so much sense that one cannot believe it has not been written before" --Charlotte Sleigh, British Journal for the History of Science 26/09/12
"A monumental piece of scholarship, impeccably researched and full of illuminating detail." --Gregory Tate, MLR, 106.4, 2011 October 2011
"In this fascinating volume a highly complex story is deployed with deceptive ease." --Metapsychology online reviews
"This extremely readable, enormously wide-ranging work is a welcome addition to the shelves of literature and science scholarship" --Melanie Keene, BSLS
"Shuttleworth is masterful... Shuttleworth takes on an impressively wide range of topics in child-study and draws fascinating and often unexpected connections between them... In the end, The Mind of the Child prompts us to rethink our own assumptions about the history of childhood by revealing that the complexity of nineteenth-century discussions of child development is as layered and rich as is an actual human mind." --Andrea Kaston Tange, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
About the Author
Professor Sally Shuttleworth is Head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford. She has published widely on literature and science, including George Eliot and Nineteenth-century Science; Charlotte Bronte and Victorian Psychology and Embodied Selves: An Anthology of Psychological Texts, 1830-1890 (co-edited with Jenny Bourne Taylor). She also co-directed the Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical project.