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British and American School Stories, 1910–1960

Fiction, Femininity, and Friendship

Authors: Rosoff, Nancy, Spencer, Stephanie

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  • Argues that constructed and essential femininities within school and college fiction transcend national boundaries
  • Discusses the often contradictory components of femininity that combine to create a gendered ideal
  • Examines the school stories of Jessie Graham Flower, Pauline Lester, Alice Ross Colver, Elinor Brent-Dyer, and Dorita Fairlie Bruce
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This book examines school and college fiction for girls in Britain and the United States, written in the first half of the twentieth century, to explore the formation and ideologies of feminine identity. Nancy G. Rosoff and Stephanie Spencer develop a transnational framework that recognises how both constructed and essential femininities transcend national boundaries. The book discusses the significance and performance of female friendship across time and place, which is central to the development of the genre, and how it functioned as an important means of informal education. Stories by Jessie Graham Flower, Pauline Lester, Alice Ross Colver, Elinor Brent-Dyer, and Dorita Fairlie Bruce are set within their historical context and then used to explore aspects of sociability, authority, responsibility, domesticity, and possibility. The distinctiveness of this book stems from the historical analysis of these sources, which have so far primarily been treated by literary scholars within their national context.


About the authors

Nancy G. Rosoff is Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Arcadia University, USA. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the History of Women’s Education at the University of Winchester, UK, and has published on the history of girls’ culture, education, and sport.

Stephanie Spencer is Professor of the History of Women’s Education at the University of Winchester, UK. She is also President of the History of Education Society (UK) and has published a range of books and articles on girls’ formal and informal education.  


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-05985-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British and American School Stories, 1910–1960
Book Subtitle
Fiction, Femininity, and Friendship
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05986-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05986-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05985-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 256
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