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Author Moruzi, Kristine.

Title Constructing girlhood through the periodical press, 1850-1915 / Kristine Moruzi
Published Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2012]
©2012
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Description 1 online resource (x, 231 pages) : illustrations
Series Ashgate studies in childhood, 1700 to the present
Ashgate studies in childhood, 1700 to the present.
Contents Introduction : girls of the period -- The religious girl : girlhood in the Monthly packet (1851-99) -- The latest sensation : girlhood and the girl of the Period miscellany -- The healthy girl : fitness and beauty in the Girl's own paper (1880-1907) -- The educated girl : Atalanta (1887-98) and the debate on education -- The marrying girl : social purity and marriage in the Young woman (1892-1915) -- The modern girl : heroic adventures in the Girl's realm (1898-1915)
Summary Focusing on six popular British girls' periodicals, Kristine Moruzi explores the debate about the shifting nature of Victorian girlhood between 1850 and 1915. During an era of significant political, social, and economic change, girls' periodicals demonstrate the difficulties of fashioning a coherent, consistent model of girlhood. The mixed-genre format of these magazines, Moruzi suggests, allowed inconsistencies and tensions between competing feminine ideals to exist within the same publication. Adopting a case study approach, Moruzi shows that the Monthly Packet, the Girl of the Period Miscellany, the Girl's Own Paper, Atalanta, the Young Woman, and the Girl's Realm each attempted to define and refine a unique type of girl, particularly the religious girl, the 'Girl of the Period, ' the healthy girl, the educated girl, the marrying girl, and the modern girl. These periodicals reflected the challenges of embracing the changing conditions of girls' lives while also attempting to maintain traditional feminine ideals of purity and morality. By analyzing the competing discourses within girls' periodicals, Moruzi's book demonstrates how they were able to frame feminine behaviour in ways that both reinforced and redefined the changing role of girls in nineteenth-century society while also allowing girl readers the opportunity to respond to these definitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-226) and index
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Subject Children's periodicals, English -- History.
Girls -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History.
Girls -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Girls -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Young women -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History.
Young women -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Young women -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Youths' periodicals -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012003108
ISBN 1409422674 (electronic bk.)
9781409422679 (electronic bk.)