Childhood Studies

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Childhood Studies Aries (first slide) – children as we know it was not depicted in European paintings until at least the 12 th century He was not saying there were no children but rather they were depicted as adults on small scales. (second slide) – morphology –their body shape was that of an adult The conclusion is that there was no conception of childhood in the medieval world. (third slide) - 1. round, pretty effeminate features – Botticelli 2. the model an ancestor of all the little children in art … infant Jesus 3. naked child - (12 th slide) - Emergence of the portrait that is of actual children not as symbol or allegories. Also portraits of dead children – not abstract dead children but ones, who had lived, were part of family. Idea of remembrance, child not an inevitable loss. (13 th slide) – child an inevitable loss Giving children the same name assuming that one would die. (14 th slide) –sentiments towards children occurred after what is called the demographic transition. Less children – more ability to invest emotionally in them. (15 th slide) – sentiments towards children changed prior to the demographic transition. How does he explain this change – he doesn’t . (16 th slide) – clothing after infancy – children dressed more or less as adult Boys wore dresses – until breeched often at 6 and 7 years old (17 th slide) – nature and the separation of the natural from humans. We will see in calvert reading. Being animal like (18 th slide) – upper class, well to do. usually commissioned by a particular person for particular purpose. Flatters or disguises or some way enhances. Counter evidence -Parents did have affection for their children and did recognize childhood. (19 th slide last slide) – made it possible to see childhood as historically variable. Implying that it is changeable (somewhat) and not necessarily biologically given Childhood must be seen as a social construction.
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Upright Child Practices of swaddling – wrapping newborns tightly in cloth from head to toe. Time period and geographic location – 17
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