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Transforming Girls: The Work of Nineteenth-Century Adolescence

Julie Pfeiffer


Transforming Girls: The Power of Nineteenth-Century Adolescence refocuses the history of the girls’ book and female adolescence through a comparative analysis of forgotten bestsellers aimed at adolescent girls in the United States and Germany. While these stories rely on gender binaries and suggest that girls must accommodate and support a patriarchal framework to be happy, they also provide access to imagined worlds in which teens are at the center. This is a space where mentors who trust themselves and the girl’s essentially good nature neutralize the girl’s own anxieties about maturity. The ... More

Keywords: Adolescence, Girls’ Book, Germany, Nineteenth-century, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781496836267
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2022 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496836267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Pfeiffer, author
Hollins University