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The Doll “InbeTween”

Online Doll Videos and the Intertextuality of Tween Girl Culture

Jessica E. Johnston

sustaining engagement with a doll franchise that defined and continues to define the childhood of many girls. Arguably, American Girl dolls have become a staple of tween girl culture since American educator and entrepreneur Pleasant Rowland founded Pleasant

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“Loving and Cruel, All at the Same Time”

Girlhood Identity in The Craft

Emily Chandler

for its relevance to girl audiences. In so doing, I reject the cultural notion, discussed by Carole A. Stabile (2011: E4) in the context of feminist responses to young adult paranormal romance novels, that girlsculture is categorically inferior to

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Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh

In this, our second issue of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (GHS), we continue our work out of respect for, and in memory of, our founding co-editor, Jackie Kirk, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier in 2008 while she was carrying out her work in girls’ education in conflict zones. We carry on with the belief that we all shared from the beginning about the need to respect girls, to study girl culture on its own terms and to keep in mind the importance of further developing the interdisciplinary field of girlhood studies.

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Girl Constructed in Two Nonfiction Texts

Sexual Subject? Desired Object?

Mary Ann Harlan

.2.0028 Baumgardner , Jennifer , and Amy Richards . 2004 . “ Feminism and Femininity: Or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Thong .” In All About the Girl: Culture, Power, and Identity , ed. Anita Harris , 59 – 67 . New York : Routledge . Bazelon

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Hanna Retallack

-9004.2010.00293.x Orenstein , Peggy . Cinderella Ate my Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture . New York . Harper/HarperCollins Publishers . Ringrose , Jessica , Laura Harvey , Rosalind Gill , and Sonia Livingstone

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Way to Go

The Significance of Place for Girls and Girlhood Studies

Eva Hoffmann

Irish Girls?” provides a counter reading of nineteenth-century woman writer L. T. Meade, “beloved by girls and a popularizer of girlscultures” but “disapproved of by the adult generation” (212). Cahill understands Meade’s “articulations of girlhood

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Contemporary Girls Studies

Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association Conference

Victoria Cann, Sarah Godfrey, and Helen Warner

sociological studies together to provide one of the first book-length academic considerations of girlhood and girlscultures. While the cultural and technological landscapes may have changed substantially during this time, many of the questions, concerns, and

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Paula MacDowell

Who or what represents girlhood and girl culture in the global, digital age? How are girls’ identities marketed, distributed, and consumed by popular media texts that are persistently communicating gender messages with attitudes, interpretations

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Authenticity and Aspiration

Exploring the CBBC Television Tween

Sarah Godfrey

Diversity in the Constitution of Contemporary Girlhood .” In All About the Girl: Culture, Power and Identity , ed. Anita Harris and Michelle Fine , 29 – 44 . Routledge : London . Harris , Anita . 2004 . “Introduction.” In All About the Girl

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Sarah E. Whitney

, and shimmering materials like glitter. Kearney’s important work on the use of sparkle in tween girl culture contends that adolescents confront a material culture that “twinkles and shines as if it is bedazzled with pixie dust” (2015: 263). The