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“A Pretty Girl of Sixteen“

Capturing the Contradictions of Female Adolescence in the Nancy Drew Series

Kate Harper

This article explores the construction of female adolescence in the first three texts of the Nancy Drew Mystery series: The Secret of the Old Clock (1930), The Hidden Staircase (1930), and The Bungalow Mystery (1930). It reviews, briefly, the development of the concept of adolescence and its gendered implications, particularly the association of female adolescent sexuality with delinquency. I argue that the Nancy Drew series rejects the construction of adolescence as a period of turmoil and emotional instability, as well as the prescription of constant adult supervision. The character of Nancy Drew also captures the contradictory messages of female adolescence in the 1930s when girls were represented as sexually attractive and aggressive but were denied sexual desire.

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Hope Chest

Demythologizing Girlhood in Kate Bernheimer’s Trilogy

Catriona McAra

I have been amazed more than once by a description a woman gave me of a world all her own which she had been secretly haunting since early childhood. ( Cixous 1976: 876 ) In the last two decades, the American writer Kate Bernheimer has emerged as an

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More Than Just a Simple Refrain?

The Figure of the Girl in International Cinema

Elspeth Mitchell

BOOK REVIEW Handyside, Fiona and Kate Taylor-Jones (eds.) 2016. International Cinema and the Girl: Local Issues, Transnational Contexts . London: Palgrave Macmillan. The recent volume, International Cinema and the Girl (2016), edited by Fiona

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Marie Puysségur

London housing estate. In what Fiona Handyside and Kate Taylor-Jones (2016) describe as a growing body of coming-of-age films about girls, Sciamma and Arnold's converging work celebrates the capacity for resilience and survival of their young subjects

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The Girl in the Text

Representations, Positions, and Perspectives

Ann Smith

[her] “sexual desire and agency.” In “Hope Chest: Demythologizing Girlhood in Kate Bernheimer’s Trilogy,” Catriona McAra, “invoking and explaining the relevance of literary theories related to caskets,” uses the metaphor of the hope chest “as both a toy

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“Farmers Don't Dance”

The Construction of Gender in a Rural Scottish School

Fiona G. Menzies and Ninetta Santoro

Barbara Pini and colleagues (2014) remind us. In seeking to redress this imbalance, Kate Cairns reports in her ethnographic study that some girls construct contradictory future narratives in envisioning urban femininities while living in a rural location

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Working with the Cold War

Types of Knowledge in Swedish and Australian History Textbook Activities

Niklas Ammert and Heather Sharp

Levende Historia 9 Kaj Hildingson and Lars Hildingson 2012, Stockholm: Natur and Kultur. SWE 30 Oxford Big Ideas History 10 Geraldine Carrodus, Tim Delany, Kate McArthur, Richard Smith, Tony Taylor and Carmel Young 2012, South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford

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Catalin Brylla and Mette Kramer

research area relates to a variety of domains that employ nonfiction audiovisual means for particular social purposes, such as ethnography, activism, propaganda, promotion, and education. Kate Nash and John Corner (2016: 234–237) emphasize how emotional

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Sharing Images, Spoiling Meanings?

Class, Gender, and Ethics in Visual Research with Girls

Janet Fink and Helen Lomax

Visual Research with Children and Young People . London : Routledge . Tilley , Elizabeth , and Kate Woodthorpe . 2011 . “ Is it the End of Anonymity as We Know it? A Critical Examination of the Ethical Principle of Anonymity in the Context of 21st

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Girls with Disabilities in the Global South

Rethinking the Politics of Engagement

Xuan Thuy Nguyen

.1080/14725860801908544 Pink , Sarah . 2001 . Doing Visual Ethnography: Images, Media, and Representation in Research . Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage . Povee , Kate , Brian J Bishop , and Lynne D Roberts . 2014 . “ The Use of Photovoice with People with Intellectual