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By Ivy Compton-Burnett

The 1st variation of Dolores used to be released in 1911. It bought good, and was once quickly forgotten. yet now that her occupation of sixty years is ended, and her lengthy success a growing number of acclaimed, Dolores, status at that distant starting is apparently reborn.

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The French nineteenth century was dominated by the debate over the moral authority of the state, particularly in its new role (since the Revolution) as overseer of mass public education. 1 This evolved into a peculiarly French pedagogical tradition associated with the advent of mass education, consolidated after the birth of the Third Republic in 1870: the teaching of “morality” in school. The purpose of moral pedagogy was to teach ethics through reason and persuasion rather than through the more traditional fear of hellfire (of which Arnolphe’s repressive pedagogy vis-à-vis Agnès in Molière’s L’Ecole des Femmes is a comic example).

31)]. Jean-Baptiste recounts the story of his youthful experiences as a cautionary tale designed to warn the country of the dangers of retaining such an oppressive educational system. Its plot therefore follows the model of the thesis novel as described by Susan Suleiman in her Authoritarian Fictions, simply pitting good against evil in a series of misadventures caused by the vices of the current system, attempts at progressive reform, and persecutions by the forces hostile to those salutary innovations (Suleiman 1983, 103-112).

Dès lors, toute tentative d’analyse de l’écriture vallésienne se voit reléguée au second plan par une discussion militante des «idées» sociales et politiques de l’auteur (Rogozinski 1985, 337). [Giving preference to the criticism of family and school, people have most often read The child as a thesis novel, the satirical manifesto of a former Communard. ”] 5 Vallès waged a campaign for children’s rights in the press in 1882, and he founded a short-lived League for the Protection of the Rights of the Child that same year (Moores 1987, 57-58).

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