Charity and Children's Literature


  • Kristine Moruzi Deakin University, Australia



charity, children's literature


This special issue on charity and children’s literature emerges out of my current research on how children are encouraged to see themselves as charitable beings. In this historical project, I examine a range of children’s magazines from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to analyse which children are inducted into habits of philanthropy while other children are depicted as the recipients of good will and material benefits. This research has shown that children have been understood to have the potential to act as charitable agents for hundreds of years. Yet it also reflects the complex interaction between children and charity in children’s literature, where sometimes the charitable children are not only the recipients of charity, but are also inspired to help others as well.



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Author Biography

  • Kristine Moruzi, Deakin University, Australia

    Kristine Moruzi is a lecturer and ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. Her monograph, Constructing Girlhood through the Periodical Press, 1850-1915 was published by Ashgate in 2012. She is the co-editor of the six-volume anthology Girls’ School Stories, 1749-1929 (Routledge 2013), Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1950 (Palgrave 2014), and Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults (Routledge, forthcoming). Her current project is on The Charitable Child: Children and Philanthropy in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.


Mills, C 2014, ‘Introduction’, in C Mills (ed), Ethics and Children’s Literature, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 1-12.







How to Cite

“Charity and Children’s Literature” (2016) Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature, 24(2), pp. 1–4. doi:10.21153/pecl2016vol24no2art1102.

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