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A series of punishment stories set in schoolsjudicial settings and sometimes in the home. Almost all are told in the first person, the majority are female on female with the odd male on female. Many might be considered realistic — assuming and imagining a world where bare bottomed judicial and school punishments are the norm. Examples include the Figurine and Rule 9 series.


I was just at the fag-end of corporal punishment in schools to coin a phrase in the sixties and early seventies, but even then its "natural" home seemed to be the s of the Beanowhere in strips like "The Bash Street Kids" it was administered liberally by teachers wearing mortar boards who already seemed marked out as belonging to another era, or to a place where as in Dahl the laws of physics have been tweaked for maximum comic effect.

I'm not sure I even connected that violence with what occasionally happened at my primary school behind closed doors, which never seemed a laughing matter, issuing as it usually did in crying children. It happened to me once: I think I was shocked more than physically hurt.

Sadly, of course, public executions do still happen, even if not in Europe, and thanks to Youtube other video sharing sites are available they can be freely watched by children - to what effect I don't think we yet know.

Roald Dahl was happy for grotesque things to happen to awful children, but he actively hated corporal punishment in schools,as clearly depicted in the horrible teacher and in one case clergyman characters i Danny the Champion of the World and Boy. Post a Comment. Sunday, 28 February Corporal punishment in children's literature - Clementine Beauvais.

Over coffee, I was talking to a colleague who is a professor in educational psychology. The conversation drifted towards the subject of corporal punishment in schools: he had given a public talk the day before, about how to help troubled pupils, and a heckler had stood up to say that children are too sensitive nowadays; in the good old days, a clip round the earetc.

For most British people, Dickens is the first writer to spring to mind when corporal punishment is mentioned; to Germans, Struwwelpeter is an obvious contender. In the story, the young protagonist Charles, brought up by the horrible, cantankerous and superstitious Mrs MacMiche, keeps getting into situations that lead to him getting spanked by the old witch.

So iconic is this episode that it is often chosen to illustrate the cover of Un bon petit diable in its various editions. Labels: Clementine BeauvaisHarry Potterpunishment. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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Corporal punishment is the practice of deliberately inflicting physical pain as a form of punishment.


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Nicholas Tucker asks why authors of children's stories about boarding schools chose to concentrate on escapist fantasy, rather than telling the truth.