King Baby
Infant care into the peace
in The silent morning
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This chapter explores that relationship and the ways in which it is articulated in literature after the Armistice. Like many people, Virginia Woolf waited anxiously and sceptically through the autumn of 1918 for peace to be declared. For Woolf, what happens in the nursery, to babies and little children, is tremendously important, both for the children themselves and for the whole society. In Elizabeth Bowen's story 'Tears, Idle Tears' (1941), a little boy named Frederick Dickinson frequently bursts out crying for no apparent reason. At some level, he knows of his father's death. She explores the complex ways in which trauma can be unconsciously passed on to someone else. Babies and young children are especially vulnerable to absorbing the emotions of others. Truby King had two main ideas about babies. First, he promoted breastfeeding for the first nine months of the baby's life and next the baby care.

The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Editors: Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy

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