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How young ladies became girls : the Victorian origins of American girlhood

Author: Jane Hunter
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher's description: Based on an extraordinary array of diaries and letters, this engaging book explores the shifting experiences of adolescent girls in the late nineteenth century. What emerges is a world on the cusp of change. By convention, middle-class girls stayed at home, where their reading exposed them to powerful images of self-sacrificing women. Yet in reality girls in their teens increasingly attended  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Hunter
ISBN: 0300092636 9780300092639
OCLC Number: 49727625
Description: xvi, 478 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Daughters' lives and the work of the middle-class home --
Writing and self-culture : the contest over the meaning of literacy --
Reading and the development of taste --
Houses, families, rooms of one's own --
Interiors : bodies, souls, moods --
Competitive practices : sentiment and scholarship in secondary schools --
High school culture : gender and generation --
Friendship, fun, and the city streets --
Commencement : leaving school, going home, growing up --
New girls, new women.
Responsibility: Jane H. Hunter.

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