A Little Princess

Overview

As Roderick McGillis eloquently argues in this comprehensive reading of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's story, many of the issues the author raises in A Little Princess are still worth debating: What kind of education should women have? How does a woman fit into the economic and social structure? Just how are women and girls constructed by our society? How do women relate to one another across class lines? In tracing Sara Crewe's social odyssey at Miss Minchin's school for girls, McGillis discusses ...
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Overview

As Roderick McGillis eloquently argues in this comprehensive reading of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's story, many of the issues the author raises in A Little Princess are still worth debating: What kind of education should women have? How does a woman fit into the economic and social structure? Just how are women and girls constructed by our society? How do women relate to one another across class lines? In tracing Sara Crewe's social odyssey at Miss Minchin's school for girls, McGillis discusses various areas in which Burnett's conceptions of gender and empire come into play: his engaging introduction provides valuable insights not only into Burnett's art but also into the effects of Victorian mores and culture on individual lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805788198
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Masterworks Studies Series , #15
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on the References and Acknowledgments
Chronology: Frances Hodgson Burnett's Life and Works
1 Fairy Tale and Empire 3
2 The Importance of the Work 19
3 Critical Reception 27
4 A Response to A Little Princess: Female Empowerment 37
5 The Cult of the Child: From Seven to Eleven 43
6 Images of Sara, Images of Empire: Covers and Illustrations 46
7 The Importance of Empire: Stage Version and Film Adaptations 57
8 Emily: A Living Doll 63
9 Books, Stories, and Power 68
10 Confinement: House and City 72
11 Shining Streets, Fields of Lilies, and God's Creatures 76
12 King Laugh 82
13 Narrative Voice 88
Approaches to Teaching 97
Notes and References 105
Bibliography 109
Index 113
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