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Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siecle

Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siecle

Daughters of Today

by Beth Rodgers
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Publication Date: 30/08/2016
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This book examines the construction of adolescent girlhood across a range of genres in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. It argues that there was a preoccupation with defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood at the fin de siecle. These 'daughters of today', 'juvenile spinsters' and 'modern girls', as the press variously termed them, occupying a borderland between childhood and womanhood, were seen to be inextricably connected to late nineteenth-century modernity: they were the products of changes taking place in education and employment and of the challenge to traditional conceptions of femininity presented by the Woman Question. The author argues that the shifting nature of the modern adolescent girl made her a malleable cultural figure, and a meeting point for many of the prevalent debates associated with fin-de-siecle society. By juxtaposing diverse material, from children's books and girls' magazines to New Woman novels and psychological studies, the author contextualises adolescent girlhood as a distinct but complex cultural category at the end of the nineteenth century.
ISBN:
9783319326238
9783319326238
Category:
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
30-08-2016
Publisher:
Springer International Publishing AG
Country of origin:
Switzerland
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
210x148x16mm
Weight:
4.5kg

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