Constructing girlhood through the periodical press, 1850-1915

Moruzi, Kristine 2012, Constructing girlhood through the periodical press, 1850-1915, Ashgate, Aldershot, England.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Constructing girlhood through the periodical press, 1850-1915
Author(s) Moruzi, Kristine
Publication date 2012
Total pages 244
Publisher Ashgate
Place of Publication Aldershot, England
Keyword(s) periodical press
children's literature
Victorian literature
girls' studies
girlhood
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.
ISBN 1409422674
9781409422679
Language eng
Field of Research 200503 British and Irish Literature
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category A1.1 Books - authored - research
Copyright notice ©2012, Ashgate
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060212

Document type: Book
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
Connect to link resolver
 
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Versions
Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 53 Abstract Views, 16 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Tue, 04 Feb 2014, 11:01:25 EST by Kristine Moruzi

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.