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British and American School Stories, 1910–1960

Fiction, Femininity, and Friendship

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Nancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 1-28
  3. Nancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 29-59
  4. Nancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 61-95
  5. Nancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 97-129
  6. Nancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 131-164
  7. Nancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 165-194
  8. Nancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 195-235
  9. Nancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 237-252
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 253-256

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

transnational femininities girlhood gender adolescence youth Grace Harlowe Marjorie Dean Joan Foster Jessie Graham Flower Pauline Lester Alice Ross Colver Elinor Brent-Dyer Chalet School series Dorita Fairlie Bruce Dimsie Stories

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Arcadia UniversityGlenside, PAUSA
  2. 2.University of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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.  

 

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