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Children of the regiment: soldiers, adoption, and military tenderness in Victorian culture

Furneaux, Holly 2013. Children of the regiment: soldiers, adoption, and military tenderness in Victorian culture. Victorian Review 39 (2) , pp. 79-96. 10.1353/vcr.2013.0046

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Abstract

The plot of soldiers becoming adoptive parents as they care for neglected children encountered on campaigns or displaced by war is surprisingly prevalent in mid-Victorian British literature and art. This article explores this persistent idea of the regimental family, asking why gentleness—tactile and emotional—is such a recurrent feature in representations of the soldier, and considering how a particularly domesticated paternal ideal is ideologically mobilized in war narratives.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Additional Information: Awarded Editors’ Prize for the best article published in the journal over the year
Publisher: Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/79997

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