Reading Transatlantic Girlhood in the Long Nineteenth Century (Hardcover)

Reading Transatlantic Girlhood in the Long Nineteenth Century By Robin L. Cadwallader (Editor), Luella D'Amico (Editor) Cover Image
By Robin L. Cadwallader (Editor), Luella D'Amico (Editor)
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This collection is the first of its kind to interrogate both literal and metaphorical transatlantic exchanges of culture and ideas in nineteenth-century girls' fiction. As such, it initiates conversations about how the motif of travel in literature taught nineteenth-century girl audiences to reexamine their own cultural biases by offering a fresh perspective on literature that is often studied primarily within a national context. Women and children in nineteenth-century America are often described as being tied to the home and the domestic sphere, but this collection challenges this categorization and shows that girls in particular were often expected to go abroad and to learn new cultural frames in order to enter the realm of adulthood; those who could not afford to go abroad literally could do so through the stories that traveled to them from other lands or the stories they read of others' travels. Via transatlantic exchange, then, authors, readers, and the characters in the texts covered in this collection confront the idea of what constitutes the self. Books examined in this volume include Adeline Trafton's An American Girl Abroad (1872), Johanna Spyri's Heidi (1881), and Elizabeth W. Champney's eleven-book Vassar Girl Series (1883-92), among others.

About the Author

Robin L. Cadwallader is a Professor of English and the Director of the Women's Studies Program at Saint Francis University, Pennsylvania, where she teaches American literature, women's literature, young adult literature, and theory. LuElla D'Amico is an Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367274962
ISBN-10: 0367274965
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 4th, 2020
Pages: 226
Language: English
Series: Nineteenth Century