Writing, death and absence in 'Tim' by H.O. Sturgis
Cocks, N. (2004) Writing, death and absence in 'Tim' by H.O. Sturgis. Nineteenth Century Contexts, 26 (1). pp. 47-60. ISSN 1477-2663
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There has been a considerable critical interest in the representation of death in Children's Literature, with an increasingly prevalent move to read it as granting the child the status of object. Thus, for example, Judith Plotz takes it to 'increase [the] presence' of the child. Through a detailed reading of one late C19th school story, I suggest that such readings proceed through a resistance to textuality. This essay offers a reading of death as bound up with the play of the text, deferred, shifting and retrospectively constructed rather than a state of simple, recoverable objecthood.