April 28, 2021

Toys in the Age of Wonder: Science Fiction, Society, and the Symbolism of Play

McFarland, 2020
By Mark Rich’80
  • “Toys in the Age of Wonder: Science Fiction, Society, and the Symbolism of Play” by Mark Rich’80

Exploring the realms of childhood, literature, science, and history, this innovative study weaves together the histories of wonder tales and children’s toys, focusing specifically on their modern aspects and how they reflect and express the social attitudes of the period beginning around 1957.


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