'The Right Thing to Read': A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960 (Children's Literature and Culture) (Hardcover)

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'The Right Thing to Read': A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960 explores the reading habits, identity, and construction of femininity of Australian girls aged between ten and fourteen from 1910 to 1960. It investigates changing notions of Australian girlhood across the period, and explores the ways that parents, teachers, educators, journalists and politicians attempted to mitigate concerns about girls' development through the promotion of 'healthy' literature. The book also addresses the influence of British publishers to Australian girl-readers and the growing importance of Australian publishers throughout the period. It considers the rise of Australian literary nationalism in the global context, and the increasing prominence of Australian literature in the period after the Second World War. It also shows how access to reading material improved for girls over the first half of the last century.

About the Author


Bronwyn Lowe is a historian of Australian book history and girlhood, who examines attitudes towards girls' reading habits in the past. Her most recent journal articles have appeared in History Compass and Book History. She currently works as a sessional lecturer of Australian Studies at the University of Melbourne.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781138542778
ISBN-10: 1138542776
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: March 19th, 2018
Pages: 188
Language: English
Series: Children's Literature and Culture