• The Interstitial Body and Moral Formation:Third-Culture Displacement and Subject Formation in Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies

    Author(s):
    Hannah Swamidoss (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
    Subject(s):
    British literature, English literature, Literature and science, Religion
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    cultural displacement, global nomads, third culture kids/adults
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6QC73
    Abstract:
    Using the concept of "third culture" from social theory, this article examines Charles Kingsley's use of displacement in his children's book The Water Babies (1863). In trying to portray the site of moral formation, Kingsley displaces his central character Tom – the new, interstitial “third culture” subject. Through Tom’s displacement, Kingsley strives for unity between science and religion, resulting in new social formations. The type of unity Kingsley envisions has its own discrepancies and ironically aligns Kingsley to Cardinal John Henry Newman's position on moral formation.
    Notes:
    This article is also available at Otherness: Essays and Studies: http://www.otherness.dk/fileadmin/www.othernessandthearts.org/Publications/Journal_Otherness/Otherness_Essays_and_Studies_3.2/The_Interstitial_Body_and_Moral_Formation_-_Hannah_Swamidoss.pdf http://www.otherness.dk/journal/otherness-essays-studies-32/
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    Status:
    Published
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