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The Clubwomen's Daughters : Collectivist Impulses in Progressive-era Girl's Fiction, 1890-1940 - Gwen Tarbox

The Clubwomen's Daughters

Collectivist Impulses in Progressive-era Girl's Fiction, 1890-1940

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780815335375
Number Of Pages: 162

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The author provides an interdisciplinary cultural study of the evolution of Progressive-era girls' peer groups, their representation in popular girls' fiction, and the influence of these communities, both real and fictional, upon young women's lives during the years leading up to the Second World War. The writers featured in this volume were the first generation of "New Women", whose ability to enter traditional male spaces such as the college campus, the playing field, the wilderness and the office was facilitated by their membership in women's clubs, political and religious organisations, and athletic teams. Eager to promote the idea that same-sex group activities would lead to female empowerment, these clubwomen targeted young girls as their intended audience and developed an idealised fictional portrait of female co-operation that girls could replicate in their own lives. By adding to our knowledge of girls' cultural history, the author gives voice to a segment of the population that was, and still is, at the centre of societies debates concerning the appropriate roles for girls and women. Authors discussed include Louisa May Alcott, Emma Dunham Kelly, Laura Lee Hope (pseudonym for Lilian Garis), Carolyn Keene (pseudonym for Mildred Wirt Benson), and Margaret Sutton.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Braving "Sarcasm and Sneers": The Development of the American Clubwomen's Movementp. 13
"The Power to Set Things Going": The Rise of the Collectivist Impulse in American Girls' Fictionp. 33
"Impersonating Their Citizen Brothers": The College Heroine's Rehearsal for Public Lifep. 53
Four Girls at Cottage City: Spiritual Collectivism in Emma Dunham Kelley-Hawkins' Fiction for African-American Girlsp. 75
"'Mama! Come An' See the Suffragists!'": Progressive-era Girls' Outdoor Fiction and the Public Display of the Collectivist Impulsep. 95
The Secret of the Girl Sleuth: The Women's Community As Focal Point in Depression-era Girls' Fictionp. 115
Epiloguep. 133
Bibliographyp. 139
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780815335375
ISBN-10: 0815335377
Series: Garland Studies in American Popular History and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 15.34  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1