The Beginning of the End: Jews, Children, and Enlightenment Pedagogy

The Beginning of the End: Jews, Children, and Enlightenment Pedagogy T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 106, No. 3 (Summer 2016) 383­395 IRIS IDELSON-SHEIN Goethe Universitat ¨ All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day, when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!" This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.1 T H U S B E G IN S J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy (1911), which introduced to readers one of the classic tales of children's literature. The tale of Peter Pan, the child who refused to grow up, contains some of the essential qualities of the genre. Like every good children's story, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

The Beginning of the End: Jews, Children, and Enlightenment Pedagogy

Jewish Quarterly Review, Volume 106 (3) – Sep 9, 2016

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T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 106, No. 3 (Summer 2016) 383­395 IRIS IDELSON-SHEIN Goethe Universitat ¨ All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day, when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!" This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.1 T H U S B E G IN S J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy (1911), which introduced to readers one of the classic tales of children's literature. The tale of Peter Pan, the child who refused to grow up, contains some of the essential qualities of the genre. Like every good children's story,

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