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Another Self : Middle-Class American Women and Their Friends in the Twentieth Century - Linda W. Rosenzweig

Another Self

Middle-Class American Women and Their Friends in the Twentieth Century

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780814774861
Number Of Pages: 238

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From nineteenth-century romantic friendships to childhood best friends and idealistic versions of feminist sisterhood, female friendship has been seen as an essential, sustaining influence on women's lives. Women are thought to have a special aptitude for making and keeping friends.

But notions of friendship are not constant-and neither are women's experiences of this fundamental form of connection. In Another Self, Linda W. Rosenzweig sheds light on the changing nature of white middle-class American women's relationships during the coming of age of modern America.

As the middle-class domesticity of the nineteenth century waned, a new emotional culture arose in the twentieth century and the intensely affectionate bonds between women of earlier decades were supplanted by new priorities: autonomy, careers, participation in an expanding consumer culture, and the expectation of fulfillment and companionship in marriage. An increased emphasis on heterosexual interactions and a growing stigmatization of close same-sex relationships fostered new friendship styles and patterns.

Drawing on a wide range of primary sources including diaries, journals, correspondence, and popular periodicals, Rosenzweig uncovers the complex and intricate links between social and cultural developments and women's personal experiences of friendship.

Introductionp. 1
"The Sister of My Heart": Female Friends before 1900p. 15
"The Other's Facsimile": Young Women's Friendships, 1900-1920p. 39
"Boys in Particular": Young Women's Friendships after 1920p. 66
"The Staunchness of Female Friendship": Adult Friends, 1900-1960p. 97
"Partner and I": Twentieth-Century Romantic Friendshipsp. 125
"The Most Straining of All Experiences": Friendships with Men after 1900p. 149
Another Self? The Fabric of Friendship after 1960p. 169
Notesp. 181
Indexp. 221
About the Authorp. 225
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ISBN: 9780814774861
ISBN-10: 0814774865
Series: History of Emotions
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.93  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.48