A Small Boy and Others: Henry James and the Child
Children appear in James’s fiction in many different kinds of roles, from the annoying little brother in Daisy Miller to the impressionable girl of What Maisie Knew. He also wrote extensively about his own childhood and those of his siblings. None of these writings are, however, for child readers, unlike the work of Lewis Carroll or Robert Louis Stevenson or Mark Twain or Louisa May Alcott. What opportunities does James find in his representations of children? How does the development of his late style affect these possibilities? These topics are suggestions, but other approaches to the subject are invited.
- Representations of the child in the tales and novels
- Comparisons of James’s child characters with the work of his predecessors and/or contemporaries
- The Victorian child and the American girl
- Autobiographical writings
- The James children in the works of other members of the family
*NB: This panel was originally scheduled for the ALA in San Diego, May 2020. Some of the original panelists will present in Boston, but other proposals are welcome now.