Fast and Fashionable: The Girls in the Girl of the Period Miscellany

Moruzi, Kristine 2009, Fast and Fashionable: The Girls in the Girl of the Period Miscellany, Australasian journal of Victorian studies, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 9-28.

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Title Fast and Fashionable: The Girls in the Girl of the Period Miscellany
Author(s) Moruzi, KristineORCID iD for Moruzi, Kristine
Journal name Australasian journal of Victorian studies
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 9
End page 28
Total pages 20
Publisher Australasian Victorian Studies Association
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1327-8746
Keyword(s) Victorian Studies
Summary The Girl of the Period Miscellany is particularly interesting in that it reworked the Girl of the Period from an object of disdain into a figure who might be humorous, but who was also engaging and sympathetic. Rather than being easily categorized and dismissed, the Girl of the Period found in the Miscellany has some characteristics that invite satire but she is also capable, entertaining, and attractive. Moreover, there is a significant difference between thinking about the article that spawned the phenomenon and the Miscellany itself. Appearing in the conservative Saturday Review, the article was provocative and seemingly intended to be so. In contrast, the Miscellany was designed to attract and retain a readership. This article will examine how and why the Miscellany is able to resist Linton’s simplistic construction of the Girl of the Period and instead depicts a variety of different girls who, although their behaviour might be more “modern,” are nonetheless worthy of respect and attention as pure, virtuous, middle-class girls. In addition, the publication of the Miscellany demonstrates the challenges of attracting as readers a group of girls and young women whose self-conception was rapidly shifting at the end of the 1860s.
Language eng
Field of Research 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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