Consumerism and American Girls Literature, 1860-1940 by Peter StoneleyConsumerism and American Girls Literature, 1860-1940 by Peter Stoneley

Consumerism and American Girls Literature, 1860-1940

byPeter Stoneley

Paperback | April 2, 2007

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Why did the figure of "the girl" come to dominate the American imagination from the middle of the nineteenth century into the twentieth? Peter Stoneley looks at how women were fictionalized for the girl reader as ways of achieving a powerful social and cultural presence. Covering a wide range of works and writers, this book is of interest to cultural and literary scholars.
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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Title:Consumerism and American Girls Literature, 1860-1940Format:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:April 2, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521035759

ISBN - 13:9780521035750

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: 'buying into womanhood'; Part I. Emergence: 1. The fate of modesty; 2. Magazines and money; 3. Dramas of exclusion; Part II. Fulfillment: 4. Romantic speculations; 5. Preparing for leisure; 6. Serial pleasures; Part III. Revision: 7. The clean and the dirty; 8. 'Black Tuesday'; Conclusion; Notes; Index.

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"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