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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, 1860-1940

by Peter (Queen's University Belfast) Stoneley

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, 1860-1940 Synopsis

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 the ways of achieving a powerful social and cultural presence. He explores why and how a scenario of 'buying into womanhood' became, between 1860 and 1940, one of the nation's central allegories, one of its favourite 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 manoeuvres: between country and metropolis, uncouth and unspoilt, modern and anti-modern. Covering a wide range of works and authors, this book will be of interest to cultural and literary scholars alike.

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, 1860-1940 Press Reviews

'Consumerism and American Girl's Literature will be a welcome addition to undergraduate and postgraduate reading in cultural and gender historic studies.' Literature and History '... makes an important contribution to the broader cultural history of American literary production ... Stoneley's exploration of the fissures and cracks of these texts through a cultural analysis of the producer, the mode of production, and consumption is managed with a skill and fluency that is too often missing in academic writing.' Modern Language Review [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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521821872
Publication date: 27th March 2003
Author: Peter (Queen's University Belfast) Stoneley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 178 pages
Categories: Literary theory, Literary studies: general,

About Peter (Queen's University Belfast) Stoneley

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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