Posted by John Wilson on June 03, 2023 at 03:49:50 user hugo.
In Reply to: Re: Camping and Tramping, Swallows and Amazons: Interwar Children’s Fiction and the Search for England posted by David Maxwell on June 01, 2023 at 17:54:50:
Dick and his "scientific" attitude was what AR wanted to emphasize in the later novels – particularly WH and PM and perhaps in GN. But another reason to bring the younger members to the fore (in WH they are the "brats") is to keep the later ones as childrens’ novels rather than mentioning teenagers and sex, with the "elders" particularly John and Nancy well into their teens! This would have pushed the later novels into "teen" or YA – Young Adult genre rather than part of a series of children’ novels! The thesis refers to this delicately as "personal relationships" (pages 16,17).
Re “in Search of England” by H.V. Morton (1927), Joe Bennett wrote “Mustn’t Grumble: An accidental return to England (2006) with frequent comparisons with what he found in Morton. He had read Morton when he was 16 and "loved it".
The thesis refers to "sacred" campfires as distinct from Susan’s cooking campfires (pages 54,57) but no mention of the Corrobee or Eel Dance in SW.
Another term of interest is "tramping" as I thought it more of a New Zealand term – do you have tramping clubs in England?
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