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Author Romines, Ann, 1942-

Title Constructing the Little house : gender, culture, and Laura Ingalls Wilder / Ann Romines
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [1997]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  810.52 W6731 Z/Rac  AVAILABLE
Description xi, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: The Voices from the Little House -- Ch. 1. Preempting the Patriarchs: Daughters in the House -- Ch. 2. "Indians in the House": A Narrative of Acculturation -- Ch. 3. Getting and Spending: Materialism and the Little House -- Ch. 4. The Little House That Gender Built: The Novels of Adolescence -- Ch. 5. Laura's Plots: Ending the Little House -- Conclusion: "The End of the Little House Books"
Summary With more than thirty-five million copies in print, the Little House series, written in the 1930s and 1940s by Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, has been a spectacular commercial success. What is it about this eight-volume serial novel for children that accounts for its enduring power? And what does the popularity of these books tell us about the currents of American culture?
Ann Romines interweaves personal observation with scholarly analysis to address these questions. Writing from a feminist perspective and drawing on the resources of gender studies, cultural studies, and new historicist reading, she examines both the content of the novels and the process of their creation. She explores the relationship between mother and daughter working as collaborative authors and calls into question our assumptions about plot, juvenile fiction, and constructions of gender on the nineteenth-century frontier and in the Depression years when the Little House books were written. This is a book that will appeal both to scholars and to general readers who might welcome an engaging and accessible companion volume to the Little House novels
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-278) and index
Subject Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Children -- Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Feminism and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Autobiographical fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Children's stories, American -- History and criticism.
Frontier and pioneer life in literature.
Mothers and daughters in literature.
Women pioneers in literature.
Sex role in literature.
LC no. 97014675
ISBN 155849121X alkaline paper
1558491228 paperback alkaline paper