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Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de by Beth Rodgers

By Beth Rodgers

This ebook examines the development of adolescent girlhood throughout various genres in the remaining a long time of the 19th century. It argues that there has been a preoccupation with defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood at the fin de siècle. those ‘daughters of today’, ‘juvenile spinsters’ and ‘modern girls’, because the press variously termed them, occupying a borderland among adolescence and womanhood, have been visible to be inextricably attached to past due nineteenth-century modernity: they have been the goods of alterations happening in schooling and employment and of the problem to standard conceptions of femininity provided by way of the girl query. the writer argues that the transferring nature of the fashionable adolescent woman made her a malleable cultural determine, and a gathering element for lots of of the commonplace debates linked to fin-de-siècle society. by means of juxtaposing varied fabric, from children’s books and women’ magazines to New lady novels and mental experiences, the writer contextualises adolescent girlhood as a different yet advanced cultural class on the finish of the 19th century.

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