Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, 1860-1940

by Peter (Queen's University Belfast) Stoneley

Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series

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.

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

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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