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Deconstructing Dolls: Girlhoods and the Meanings of Play

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Deconstructing Dolls

Girlhoods and the Meanings of Play

Edited by Miriam Forman-Brunell

160 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-102-8 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2021)

ISBN  978-1-80073-103-5 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Not Yet Published (March 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-104-2 eBook Not Yet Published

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The age-old trivialization of girls and devaluation of youth cultures has led to a disregard of dolls as legitimate sources of documentary evidence, even among scholars. It was not until the late nineteenth century that changing notions of childhood first gave rise to research on children, and a new appreciation of the social importance of play. Deconstructing Dolls explores the role of dolls in girlhood and young womanhood, seeking to understand the historical and contemporary significance of dolls particularly as they relate social meanings in the lives of girls.

Miriam Forman-Brunell is a professor of history and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Subject: Gender Studies and Sexuality Cultural Studies (General)