By Beth Rodgers
This booklet examines the development of adolescent girlhood throughout a variety of genres within the final many years of the 19th century. It argues that there has been a preoccupation with defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood on the fin de siècle. those ‘daughters of today’, ‘juvenile spinsters’ and ‘modern girls’, because the press variously termed them, occupying a borderland among early life and womanhood, have been visible to be inextricably attached to overdue nineteenth-century modernity: they have been the goods of alterations occurring in schooling and employment and of the problem to conventional conceptions of femininity awarded by means of the lady query. the writer argues that the transferring nature of the fashionable adolescent lady made her a malleable cultural determine, and a gathering aspect for lots of of the favourite debates linked to fin-de-siècle society. by way of juxtaposing assorted fabric, from children’s books and women’ magazines to New lady novels and mental reviews, the writer contextualises adolescent girlhood as a unique yet advanced cultural class on the finish of the 19th century.
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For this reason, I have found comparative study of periodicals to be most useful for my particular purposes. The ways in which the Girl’s Own Paper and the Girl’s Realm converge and diverge in their use of the term ‘girl’, their various categorizations and definitions of girlhood, as well as their engagement with their communities of readers, reveal a great deal about competing constructions of girlhood both within and across periodicals and over time. 13 Launched at different points during the late nineteenth-century boom in publications for the juvenile and teenaged markets, the Girl’s Own Paper and the Girl’s Realm are not, then, identical in their tone, despite targeting a similar readership.
24. Crackanthorpe, ‘The Revolt of the Daughters’, Nineteenth Century 35 (1894): 23–31 and ‘The Revolt of the Daughters: A Last Word on “The Revolt” ’, Nineteenth Century 35 (1894): 424–9. 25. A selection of articles from this debate in the Nineteenth Century are reprinted in Nelson’s A New Woman Reader (2001). 32 B. RODGERS 26. Pearsall Smith, ‘A Reply from the Daughters II’, Nineteenth Century 35 (1894): 443. 27. 5. 28. 228. 29. 115. 30. 234. 31. 122. 32. G. Appleton and Company, 1914, originally published in 1904), vol.
By offering a glimpse into the potential afterlife of the late Victorian adolescent girl, this postscript serves to reinforce the specific, peculiar nature of female adolescence as constructed in the late Victorian period. NOTES 1. Lily Watson, ‘On the Borderland’, Girl’s Own Paper 9 (1887): 65. 2. Watson, ‘On the Borderland’, 65. 3. 115. 4. 6. 5. 80) but he makes little reference to other literary representations of girlhood. His appendix, ‘Publications on Adolescence 1881–1925’, encompasses literature from across Europe, the USA and Australia but is almost entirely devoted to representations of male adolescence by male authors.