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The Barbie Chronicles - Yona Zeldis McDonough

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Published: 8th October 1999
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A THOROUGHLY GROWN-UP LOOK AT A TWENTIETH-CENTURY MUSE OF OUTSTANDING PROPORTIONS

To some she's a collectible, to others she's trash. In "The Barbie Chronicles, " twenty-three writers join together to scrutinize Barbie's forty years of hateful, lovely disastrous, glorious influence on us all. No other tiny shoulders have ever, had to carry the weight of such affection and derision and no other book has ever paid this notorious little place of plastic her due. Whether you adore her or abhor her, "The Barbie Chronicles" will have you looking at her in ways you never imagined.

Albert Mobilio winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing Equal parts celebration, confession, and investigation, The Barbie Chronicles takes shrewd measure of just how much we are what we buy. Faye Moskowitz author of A Leak in the Heart Whatever your position on the world's most persistent posable piece of plastic, you'll find much to intrigue you in this provocative collection that examines Barbie from all angles -- with perspicacity and panache. Hilton Als author of The Women The pieces and poems in this book so rich in insight and wit, mean so much -- to cultural and political studies, to the life of the mind, to those who have given thought of affection to this strange and strangely alluring figure which, despite her initial docility, refuses to remain seated on anyone's shelf. Caroline Preston author of Jackie by Josie From the spring day in 1959 when I dumped my Ginny doll for the new flashy babe on the block, I have adored Barbie. When she was finally exposed as a sexist stereotype, my adoration, undiminished, went underground. The Barbie Chronicles celebrates our complex forty-year love/hate relationship toward the world's most irresistible doll.

Introduction
Who's That Girl?
Golden Oldie
Dangerous Curves
Barbie Buys a Bra
Elegy for My Mother
Teen Idol
Leslie Paris
Barbie Meets Bouguereau
Barbie's Body Project
Wendy Singer Jones
Sex and the Single Doll
Yona Zeldis McDonough
Happy Birthday to You!
Barbie at 35
Anna Quindlen
My Mentor, Barbie
Barbie in Black and White
Barbie Does Yom Kippur
Rabbi Susan Schnur
Postmodern Muse
Photographing the Dolls
Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Of Mere Plastic
Planning the Fantasy
Wedding
Holocaust Barbie
Barbie's Gyn Appointment
Material Girl
Barbie Gets a Bum Rap
Our Daughters, Their Barbies
I Believe in Dolls
You Can Never Have
Too Many
Barbie Doesn't Live Here
Anymore
Barbie, Twelve-Step Toy
Twelve Dancing BarbiesErica Jong
Barbie as Boy
Notes and References
Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9780684862750
ISBN-10: 0684862751
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 8th October 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.33