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The Modern Girl Around the World (Duke University Press)

Editat de Alys Eve Weinbaum, The Modern Girl Around the World Researc, Lynn M. Thomas
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During the 1920s and 1930s, in cities from Beijing to Bombay, Tokyo to Berlin, Johannesburg to New York, the Modern Girl made her sometimes flashy, always fashionable appearance in city streets and cafes, in films, advertisements, and illustrated magazines. Modern Girls wore sexy clothes and high heels; they applied lipstick and other cosmetics. Dressed in provocative attire and in hot pursuit of romantic love, Modern Girls appeared on the surface to disregard the prescribed roles of dutiful daughter, wife, and mother. Contemporaries debated whether the Modern Girl was looking for sexual, economic, or political emancipation, or whether she was little more than an image, a hollow product of the emerging global commodity culture. The contributors to this collection track the Modern Girl as she emerged as a global phenomenon in the interwar period.

Scholars of history, women's studies, literature, and cultural studies follow the Modern Girl around the world, analyzing her manifestations in Germany, Australia, China, Japan, France, India, the United States, Russia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Along the way, they demonstrate how the economic structures and cultural flows that shaped a particular form of modern femininity crossed national and imperial boundaries. In so doing, they highlight the gendered dynamics of interwar processes of racial formation, showing how images and ideas of the Modern Girl were used to shore up or critique nationalist and imperial agendas. A mix of collaborative and individually authored chapters, the volume concludes with commentaries by Kathy Peiss, Miriam Silverberg, and Timothy Burke.

"Contributors" Davarian L. Baldwin, Tani E. Barlow, Timothy Burke, Liz Conor, Madeleine Yue Dong, Anne E. Gorsuch, Ruri Ito, Kathy Peiss, Uta G. Poiger, Priti Ramamurthy, Mary Louise Roberts, Barbara Sato, Miriam Silverberg, Lynn M. Thomas, Alys Eve Weinbaum

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780822343059
ISBN-10: 0822343053
Pagini: 435
Ilustrații: 132 illustrations
Dimensiuni: 155 x 229 x 28 mm
Greutate: 0.64 kg
Editura: Duke University Press
Colecția Duke University Press
Seriile Duke University Press , Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies


Cuprins

1) The Modern Girl as Heuristic Device: Collaboration, Connective Comparison, Multidirectional Citation/The Modern Girl Around the World Research Group; 2) The Modern Girl Around the World: Cosmetics Advertising and the Politics of Race and Style/The Modern Girl Around the World Research Group; 3) From the Washtub to the World: Madam C.J. Walker and the "Re-creation" of Race Womanhood, 1900-1935/Davarian L. Baldwin; 4) Making the Modern Girl French: From New Woman to Éclaireuse/Mary Louise Roberts; 5) The Modern Girl and Racial Respectability in 1930s South Africa/Lynn M. Thomas; 6) Racial Masquerade: Consumption and Contestation of American Modernity/Alys Eve Weinbaum; 7) All-Consuming Nationalism: The Indian Modern Girl in the 1920s and 30s/Priti Ramamurthy; 8) The Dance Class or the Working Class: The Soviet Modern Girl/Anne E. Gorsuch; 9) Who Is Afraid of the Chinese Modern Girl?/Madeleine Y. Dong; 10) “Blackfella Missus Too Much Proud”: Techniques of Appearing, Femininity and Race in Australian Modernity/Liz Conor; 11) The “Modern Girl” Question in the Periphery of Empire: Colonial Modernity and Mobility among Okinawan Women in the 1920’s and 1930’s/Ruri Ito; 12) Contesting Consumerisms in Mass Women's Magazines/Barbara Sato; 13) Buying In: Advertising and the Sexy Modern Girl Icon in Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s/Tani E. Barlow; 14) Fantasies of Universality? Neue Frau, Race, and Nation in Weimar and Nazi German Advertising/Uta G. PoigerConcluding Commentary: Girls Lean Back Everywhere/Kathy PeissConcluding Commentary; After the Grand Tour: The Modern Girl, The New Woman, and the Colonial Maiden/Miriam SilverbergConcluding Commentary: The “Modern Girl” and Commodity Culture/Timothy BurkeNotes; Bibliography; Contributors

Recenzii

“The study of the Modern Girl exemplified by this groundbreaking collection and research project will reconfigure the ways we understand modernity, globalization, gender, and consumption. This book is sorely needed.”—Caren Kaplan, co-editor of Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State“Rarely do collections offer both a compelling object of study and a sophisticated, portable method emanating out of concrete historical particulars. In doing so, the Modern Girl Around the World Research Group models collective feminist critique even as it illuminates new intellectual pathways and raises questions about the uneven terrain of the global and the analytical power of ‘connective comparison’ that will find interlocutors across an array of scholarly projects.”—Antoinette Burton, author of The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau “This is a truly revelatory work of international scope. The authors’ innovative collaborative method and their theory of ‘multidirectional citation’ provide exciting new points of departure for the global history of gender formation and of everything else besides.”—Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University“Heteronormativity is singularly unappealing as both ideology and a word. This collection of essays, charting the global emergence of the "modern girl" in the period 1920-1940, gives a number of reasons why this is also the case in practice...The contribution that this fascinating volume makes is not, however, confined to producing evidence about the many ways in which women have been encouraged to think of themselves (and their bodies) in terms of highly prescriptive aspirations. The various essays about particular countries, as well as the more general essays that open and conclude the volume, demonstrate that the relationship between modernity and women and femininity is not just important, but essential.” Mary Evans, Times Higher Education, 11th June 2009
"The study of the Modern Girl exemplified by this groundbreaking collection and research project will reconfigure the ways we understand modernity, globalization, gender, and consumption. This book is sorely needed."--Caren Kaplan, co-editor of Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State "Rarely do collections offer both a compelling object of study and a sophisticated, portable method emanating out of concrete historical particulars. In doing so, the Modern Girl Around the World Research Group models collective feminist critique even as it illuminates new intellectual pathways and raises questions about the uneven terrain of the global and the analytical power of 'connective comparison' that will find interlocutors across an array of scholarly projects."--Antoinette Burton, author of The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau "This is a truly revelatory work of international scope. The authors' innovative collaborative method and their theory of 'multidirectional citation' provide exciting new points of departure for the global history of gender formation and of everything else besides."--Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University "Heteronormativity is singularly unappealing as both ideology and a word. This collection of essays, charting the global emergence of the "modern girl" in the period 1920-1940, gives a number of reasons why this is also the case in practice...The contribution that this fascinating volume makes is not, however, confined to producing evidence about the many ways in which women have been encouraged to think of themselves (and their bodies) in terms of highly prescriptive aspirations. The various essays about particular countries, as well as the more general essays that open and conclude the volume, demonstrate that the relationship between modernity and women and femininity is not just important, but essential." Mary Evans, Times Higher Education, 11th June 2009

Notă biografică

Alys Eve Weinbaum is an Assistant Professor of English, University of Washington.

Textul de pe ultima copertă

"This is a truly revelatory work of international scope. The authors' innovative collaborative method and their theory of 'multidirectional citation' provide exciting new points of departure for the global history of gender formation and of everything else besides."--Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University