Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America

Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America

by Carolyn Carpan

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ISBN-13: 9780810857568
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/04/2008
Series: Studies in Young Adult Literature Series , #30
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Carpan is director of Public Services in the Burke Library at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She is the author of Rocked by Romance: A Guide to Teen Romance Fiction (2004) and Jane Yolen (2005).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Victorian and Vassar Girls: Nineteenth-Century Origins of Girls' Series Fiction 1

Chapter 2 Schoolgirls and Sorority Sisters: Progressive Era High School and College Series 12

Chapter 3 Adventure Girls and the New Woman: From the Progressive Era to the Jazz Generation 33

Chapter 4 The Secret of Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths 49

Chapter 5 Career Girls and World War II 66

Chapter 6 Romances and Revisions: The Junior Novel and the New Nancy Drew 84

Chapter 7 Romance Meets Reality: Girls' Series Fiction and the Second Wave of Feminism 101

Chapter 8 Sweet Dreams for Teen Queens: Romance Renaissance in the Reagan Era 114

Chapter 9 High School Horrors! Genre Fiction for Teens 129

Appendixes

A Alphabetical List of Series 151

B Important Books about Girls' Series Fiction 155

Index 157

About the Author 165

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