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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? Peter Stoneley looks at how women were fictionalized for the girl reader as ways of achieving a powerful social and cultural presence. Covering a wide range of works and writers, this book is of interest to cultural and literary

Overview

Why did the figure of "the girl" come to dominate the American imagination from the middle of the nineteenth century into the twentieth? Peter Stoneley looks at how women were fictionalized for the girl reader as ways of achieving a powerful social and cultural presence. Covering a wide range of works and writers, this book is of interest to cultural and literary scholars.

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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)

Meet the Author

Peter Stoneley is Lecturer in the School of English at Queen's University, Belfast. He is the author of Mark Twain and the Feminine Aesthetic (Cambridge, 1992).

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