Cover for forman-brunell: The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century. Click for larger image

The Girls' History and Culture Reader

The Twentieth Century

A pioneering, field-defining collection of essential texts exploring girlhood in the twentieth century

The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century provides scholars, instructors, and students with the most influential essays that have defined the field of American girls' history and culture. A relatively new and energetic field of inquiry, girl-centered research is critical for a fuller understanding of women and gender, a deeper consideration of childhood and adolescence, and a greater acknowledgment of the significance of generation as a historical force in American culture and society.

Bringing together work from top scholars of women and youth, The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century illustrates girls' centrality to major twentieth-century forces such as immigration, labor, feminism, and consumerism. Themes in this pioneering volume include girls' use of fashion and music, their roles as workers, their friendships, and new ideas about girls' bodies. While girls in the twentieth century found new avenues for personal ambition and self-expression, especially at school and in the realm of leisure and popular culture, they continued to wrestle with traditional ideas about feminine identity, socialization, and sexuality.

Contributors are Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Rachel Devlin, Susan J. Douglas, Miriam Forman-Brunell, Kyra D. Gaunt, Mary Celeste Kearney, Ilana Nash, Mary Odem, Leslie Paris, Kathy Peiss, Vicki L. Ruiz, Kelly Schrum, and Judy Yung.

"Some of the finest scholarship in the field. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"An exceptionally valuable anthology that proves that girls' studies is one of the most vital new areas in women's studies."--Elizabeth Pleck, author of Domestic Tyranny: The Making of American Social Policy against Family Violence from Colonial Times to the Present

Miriam Forman-Brunell is a professor of history at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and the author of Babysitter: An American History and other works. Leslie Paris is an associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia and the author of Children's Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp.

To order online:

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
The Girls' History and Culture Reader

The Nineteenth Century

Edited by Miriam Forman-Brunell and Leslie Paris

Creating the New Woman

The Rise of Southern Women's Progressive Culture in Texas, 1893-1918

Judith N. McArthur


Labor, Community, and Culture in Montana's Smelter City

Laurie Mercier

Defining Deviance

Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls, 1890-1960

Michael A. Rembis

Communication Ethics in an Age of Diversity

Edited by Josina M. Makau and Ronald C. Arnett

Taste of the Nation

The New Deal Search for America's Food

Camille Bégin

Mister Pulitzer and the Spider

Modern News from Realism to the Digital

Kevin G. Barnhurst

Changing the Playbook

How Power, Profit, and Politics Transformed College Sports

Howard P. Chudacoff

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Road to the New Deal, 1882-1939

Roger Daniels

Music in the Age of Anxiety

American Music in the Fifties

James Wierzbicki

Making the News Popular

Mobilizing U.S. News Audiences

Anthony Nadler

On the Picket Line

Strategies of Working-Class Women during the Depression

Mary E. Triece

Cold War Games

Propaganda, the Olympics, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Toby C. Rider

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The War Years, 1939-1945

Roger Daniels

Team Chemistry

The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball

Nathan Michael Corzine

White Slave Crusades

Race, Gender, and Anti-vice Activism, 1887-1917

Brian Donovan