Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth-Century American Girls' Cultures / Edition 1

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The first volume to examine young girls' culture in the U.S. in the 20th century. Essays address such topics as board games and the socialization of adolescent girls, dolls and political ideologies, female juvenile delinquency, and more, to demonstrate how cultural discourses shape both the young and teenage girl in America. 9 illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814737651
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherrie A. Inness is Assistant Professor of English at Miami University of Ohio. She is the author of Intimate Communities: Representation and Social Transformation in Women's College Fiction, 1895-1910 and The Lesbian Menace: Ideology, Identity, and the Representation of Lesbian Life.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Making a Girl into a Scout: Americanizing Scouting for Girls 19
2 Rate Your Date: Young Women and the Commodification of Depression Era Courtship 40
3 Truculent and Tractable: The Gendering of Babysitting in Postwar America 61
4 Female Juvenile Delinquency and the Problem of Sexual Authority in America, 1945-1965 83
5 Little Girls Bound: Costume and Coming of Age in the Sears Catalog 1906-1927 109
6 "Teena Means Business": Teenage Girls' Culture and Seventeen Magazine, 1944-1950 134
7 "Anti-Barbies": The American Girls Collection and Political Ideologies 164
8 Boys-R-Us: Board Games and the Socialization of Young Adolescent Girls 184
9 The Flapper and the Chaperone: Cultural Constructions of Identity and Heterosexual Politics among Adolescent Mexican American Women, 1920-1950 199
10 Fictions of Assimilation: Nancy Drew, Cultural Imperialism, and the Filipina/American Experience 227
11 "No Place for a Girl Dick": Mabel Maney and the Queering of Girls' Detective Fiction 247
12 Can Anne Shirley Help "Revive Ophelia"? Listening to Girl Readers 266
13 Producing Girls: Rethinking the Study of Female Youth Culture 285
Contributors 311
Index 315
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