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      Innocence, Naivety, Directness: Children in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Fiction

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      The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society

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      Sylvia Townsend Warner, childhood, fascism, anti-Semitism, innocence

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          This essay argues that Warner’s frequent portrayals of children in her mid-century fiction, particularly her short stories, are closely connected with her sharp critiques of bourgeois conventionality (‘The Cold’, ‘Noah’s Ark’) and of fascism (‘Apprentice’, ‘View Halloo’). Thanks to their unembarrassed clarity of perception and direct self-expression, Warner’s children openly voice the aggression and/or heartless indifference shared by their (usually) politer elders. This dark vision is partly alleviated in Warner’s later work by stories in which children’s fresh perceptions allow them respond sensitively to the beauty of music, poetry, fur growing on a cat’s nose or a wild garden.

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                The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
                UCL Press
                2398-0605
                12 April 2019
                : 18
                : 2
                : 23-39
                Affiliations
                [1 ] University of Kent, UK
                [* ] Correspondence: j.e.montefiore@ 123456kent.ac.uk
                Article
                10.14324/111.444.stw.2019.12
                Copyright © 2019, Jan Montefiore

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited • DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.stw.2019.12

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