Includes bibliographical references (p. -292) and index.
Introduction : redressing the school story, crossgendering a genre. I. Before Tom Brown. Anxious proxies and independent girls : Charles Lamb and other early men -- The first Tom Brown : Dorothy Kilner and other early women -- Telling tales about telling tales : E.J. May and other talebearers -- At midcentury : Mary Martha Sherwood and other transnational women. II. During the heyday of the canonical story. Crossing gender with race : Edward Everett Hale and other U.S. writers -- Crossing gender with identity : Elizabeth Eiloart and other British writers -- Sensationalizing the school story : Ellen Wood -- Domesticating the school story : Louisa May Alcott -- Engendering the school story : Julia A. Matthews. III. In the twentieth century. Policing the borders, satirizing the state : H.G. Wells and other female impersonators -- Approaching high seriousness : D. Wynne Willson and other recent women.