Girls' Series Fiction and American Popular Culture examines the ways in which young female heroines in American series fiction have undergone dramatic changes in the past 150 years, changes which have both reflected and modeled standards of behavior for America’s tweens and teen girls. Though series books are often derided for lacking in imagination and literary potency, that the majority of American girls have been exposed to girls’ series in some form, whether through books, television, or other media, suggests that this genre needs to be studied further and that the development of the heroines that girls read about have created an impact that is worthy of a fresh critical lens. Thus, this collection explores how series books have influenced and shaped popular American culture and, in doing so, girls’ everyday experiences from the mid nineteenth century until now. The collection interrogates the cultural work that is performed through the series genre, contemplating the messages these books relay about subjects including race, class, gender, education, family, romance, and friendship, and it examines the trajectory of girl fiction within such contexts as material culture, geopolitics, socioeconomics, and feminism.
Lexington Books; March 2016
- ISBN: 9781498517645
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- Title: Girls' Series Fiction and American Popular Culture
Series: Children and Youth in Popular Culture
- Author: LuElla D'Amico (ed.); Marlowe Daly-Galeano (contrib.); Eva Lupold (contrib.); Christiane E. Farnan (contrib.); Paige Gray (contrib.); Michael G. Cornelius (contrib.); Carolyn Cocca (contrib.); Nichole Bogarosh (contrib.); Linda Simon (contrib.); Megan E. Friddle (contrib.); Mariko Turk (contrib.); Mary Bronstein (contrib.); Lisa Laurier (contrib.); Lori Johnson (contrib.); Janine J. Darragh (contrib.); Grace Halden (contrib.)
Imprint: Lexington Books
In The Press
Girls’ Series Fiction and American Popular Culture is an impressive and wide-ranging collection, quite equal to the task of analyzing many of the series that have influenced American girls and young women for more than a century. D’Amico’s introduction delineates the ways in which girl culture has long been influenced by series fiction and how young women have long negotiated social codes and constrictions through these novels. From studies of Alcott’s little women, to Keene’s young detectives to Shepard’s little liars, these original essays make deeply informative contributions with their well-theorized readings that offer relevant connections to each other and to American popular culture, including third-wave feminism, social media, and surveillance.
About The Author
LuElla D’Amico is assistant professor of English and interim of the women’s and gender studies program at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.