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Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle

Daughters of Today

Authors: Rodgers, Beth

  • Uses diverse materials, from novels and magazines to psychological studies
  • Contextualises adolescent girlhood as a distinct but complex cultural category at the end of the nineteenth century   
  • Demonstrates the importance attached to defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood at the fin de siècle 
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About this book

This book examines the construction of adolescent girlhood across a range of genres in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. It argues that there was a preoccupation with defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood at the fin de siècle. These ‘daughters of today’, ‘juvenile spinsters’ and ‘modern girls’, as the press variously termed them, occupying a borderland between childhood and womanhood, were seen to be inextricably connected to late nineteenth-century modernity: they were the products of changes taking place in education and employment and of the challenge to traditional conceptions of femininity presented by the Woman Question. The author argues that the shifting nature of the modern adolescent girl made her a malleable cultural figure, and a meeting point for many of the prevalent debates associated with fin-de-siècle society. By juxtaposing diverse material, from children’s books and girls’ magazines to New Woman novels and psychological studies, the author contextualises adolescent girlhood as a distinct but complex cultural category at the end of the nineteenth century.

About the authors

Beth Rodgers is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Aberystwyth University, UK. She has published articles on Victorian girls’ literature and culture and is co-editor of Children’s Literature on the Move: Nations, Translations, Migrations (2013), which received the Children’s Literature Association’s honour award in 2015.

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“This book makes an interesting and original contribution to the fields of Victorian literature, periodical studies, and girls’ studies. Rodgers makes a compelling argument that adolescent girlhood was a distinct category in late nineteenth-century British literature and print culture by examining a rich variety of sources that are not often examined together.” (Kristine Moruzi, Deakin University, Australia)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Debating and Defining Girlhood at the Fin de Siècle

    Rodgers, Beth

    Pages 1-34

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  • Classifying Girlhood, Creating Heroines: Aspiration, Community and Competition in the Girl’s Own Paper and the Girl’s Realm

    Rodgers, Beth

    Pages 35-77

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  • Making Transitions in Fin-de-Siècle Girls’ School Stories, 1886–1906

    Rodgers, Beth

    Pages 79-113

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  • ‘Flowering into Womanhood’? The New Woman and the New Girl

    Rodgers, Beth

    Pages 115-142

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  • ‘Development and Arrest of Development’: Sarah Grand’s ‘Girls of Today’

    Rodgers, Beth

    Pages 143-179

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Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32624-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32623-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle
Book Subtitle
Daughters of Today
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32624-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32624-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32623-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 256
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