Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, 1860-1940

Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, 1860-1940

by Peter Stoneley
     
 

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Why did the figure of "the girl" come to dominate the American imagination from the middle of the nineteenth century into the twentieth? In Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, Peter Stoneley looks at how women fictionalized for the girl reader ways of achieving a powerful social and cultural presence. He explores why and how this scenario of buying into… See more details below

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Why did the figure of "the girl" come to dominate the American imagination from the middle of the nineteenth century into the twentieth? In Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, Peter Stoneley looks at how women fictionalized for the girl reader ways of achieving a powerful social and cultural presence. He explores why and how this scenario of buying into womanhood became, between 1860 and 1940, one of the nation's central allegories, one of its favorite means of negotiating social change. From Jo March to Nancy Drew, girls' fiction operated in dynamic relation to consumerism, performing a series of otherwise awkward maneuvers: between country and metropolis, "uncouth" and "unspoilt," modern and anti-modern. Covering a wide range of works and writers, this book will be of interest to cultural and literary scholars alike.

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"[A] thoughtful study of how the image of the girl was used in late 19th and earul 20th century American culture.... Stoneley's thoughts on girls and consumerism are noteworthy." Choice

"A worthwhile and useful exploration of an important subject." American Historical Review

"Peter Stoneley's study of fiction written for and about girls makes a significant contribution to the ongoing investigation of the role that American literature played in the rise of a consumer culture between the last few decades of the nineteenth century and the middle of the twentieth." Journal of the Midwest MLA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035750
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/02/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #134
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

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