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Author Foster, Shirley.

Title What Katy read : feminist re-readings of "classic" stories for girls / Shirley Foster and Judy Simons
Published Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [1995]


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 MELB  809.399287 F7573/W  AVAILABLE
Description 223 pages ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Susan Warner: The Wide, Wide World -- 3. Charlotte Yonge: The Daisy Chain -- 4. Louisa May Alcott: Little Women -- 5. Susan Coolidge: What Katy Did -- 6. E. Nesbit: The Railway Children -- 7. L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables -- 8. Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden -- 9. Angela Brazil: The Madcap of the School
Summary By applying twentieth-century feminist theory to this body of literature, What Katy Read uncovers a challenging and exciting new dimension to a previously ignored area. Through close readings of these eight North American and British novels, which have had a powerful impact on the development of literature for girls, Foster and Simons consider genres from the domestic myth to the school story, analyze the transgressive figure of the tomboy, and discuss ways in which superficially conventional texts implicitly undermine patterns of patriarchy. Their stimulating and innovative study will be essential reading for students of women's writing and children's literature alike
Written by women for children, girls' fiction has been doubly marginalized by the critical establishment, yet it remains a crucial element in most girls' formative literary experience. In their original and provocative analysis of texts written between 1850 and 1920 - including Little Women, What Katy Did, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, The Daisy Chain, The Railway Children, The Madcap of the School, and The Wide, Wide World - Foster and Simons examine what makes a classic and how such texts construct role models which both reflect and subvert contemporary ideologies of childhood
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Little women.
Brazil, Angela, 1869-1947. Madcap of the school
Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. Secret garden.
Coolidge, Susan, 1835-1905. What Katy did
Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942. Anne of Green Gables novels.
Nesbit, E. (Edith), 1858-1924. Railway children.
Warner, Susan, 1819-1885. Wide, wide world
Yonge, Charlotte M. (Charlotte Mary), 1823-1901. Daisy chain.
Children's stories, American -- History and criticism.
Children's stories, English -- History and criticism.
Feminism and literature.
Girls in literature.
Girls -- Books and reading -- English-speaking countries.
Girls -- Books and reading.
Author Simons, Judy.
LC no. 94061440
ISBN 0877454930