By Beth Rodgers

ISBN-10: 3319326236

ISBN-13: 9783319326238

ISBN-10: 3319326244

ISBN-13: 9783319326245

This ebook examines the development of adolescent girlhood throughout a number genres within the last a long time of the 19th century. It argues that there has been a preoccupation with defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood on 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 adjustments 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 moving nature of the fashionable adolescent woman made her a malleable cultural determine, and a gathering element for plenty of of the ordinary debates linked to fin-de-siècle society. via juxtaposing different fabric, from children’s books and women’ magazines to New girl novels and mental experiences, the writer contextualises adolescent girlhood as a different yet complicated cultural type on the finish of the 19th century.

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This booklet examines the development of adolescent girlhood throughout more than a few genres within the ultimate a long time of the 19th century. It argues that there has been a preoccupation with defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood on the fin de siècle. those ‘daughters of today’, ‘juvenile spinsters’ and ‘modern girls’, because the press variously termed them, occupying a borderland among youth and womanhood, have been visible to be inextricably hooked up to past due nineteenth-century modernity: they have been the goods of adjustments happening in schooling and employment and of the problem to conventional conceptions of femininity offered via the girl query.

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80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. CHAPTER 2 Classifying Girlhood, Creating Heroines: Aspiration, Community and Competition in the Girl’s Own Paper and the Girl’s Realm In the ranks of the middle-class girls the most varied types are to be found. There is the daughter of the millionaire, preparing herself to lead the brilliant, many-sided life of the wealthy, and there, too, is the wage-earning girl beginning in her teens the struggle with life. 1 Much of the above excerpt from Marian Leslie’s ‘All Sorts and Conditions of Girlhood’, published in Girl’s Realm in 1899, resonates with the debates about what constitutes girlhood raised so far in this book, as well as those yet to come.

I suggest, therefore, that the late nineteenth century offers a particularly significant period in the history of girlhood, with the advent of the adolescent girl as a recognizably new creature, precisely because these various biological, social and cultural factors converge. It is, after all, possible that the declining age of the onset of puberty may not necessarily have coincided with the expanded concept of girls’ culture were it not for the fact that it also coincided with the increased literacy rates that resulted 24 B.

294–6. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. CHAPTER 2 Classifying Girlhood, Creating Heroines: Aspiration, Community and Competition in the Girl’s Own Paper and the Girl’s Realm In the ranks of the middle-class girls the most varied types are to be found. There is the daughter of the millionaire, preparing herself to lead the brilliant, many-sided life of the wealthy, and there, too, is the wage-earning girl beginning in her teens the struggle with life. 1 Much of the above excerpt from Marian Leslie’s ‘All Sorts and Conditions of Girlhood’, published in Girl’s Realm in 1899, resonates with the debates about what constitutes girlhood raised so far in this book, as well as those yet to come.

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