Serialized Citizenships: Periodicals, Books, and American Boys, 1840-1911

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April 2006



In the last few decades, scholars have turned their attention to constructions of masculinity and its influence on expressions of nationality and citizenship. Serialized Citizenships participates in and critiques these ongoing conversations about boyhood by examining works produced between 1840 and the first decade of the twentieth century.


Part 1 List of Illustrations Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1. Educating Boys for American Citizenship: Jacob Abbott's Contributions to the Youth's Companion Chapter 5 2. Working-Class Boys and Self-Improved Citizenship: George Light's Editorials in the Young American's Magazine of Self-Improvement Chapter 6 3. Typing American Renaissance Boys: Citizenship Compromises in Oliver Optic's The Boat Club Chapter 7 4. Necessary Badness: Reconstructing Postbellum Boyhood Citizenships in Our Young Folks and The Story of a Bad Boy Chapter 8 5. "Shall I Be Your Boy?": Conversational Citizenships in the St. Nicholas Serialization of Little Lord Fauntleroy Chapter 9 6. Beeton's Boy's Own Magazine and Boys' Life: Serialized Directions for Boyhood Citizenships in the Twentieth Century Part 10 Works Cited Part 11 Index Part 12 About the Author


Lorinda B. Cohoon is Assistant Professor of English at The University of Memphis.


...I consider Serialized Citizenships one of the more valuable texts published on children's literature and childhood studies in recent years, especially for the many ways it helps us to see that boyhood is a far less stable category of cultural understanding and critical analysis than we might have believed...Serialized Citizenships brings much needed attention to the distinctive nature of the boy as a child, fiction, and citizen. Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 4 In this study, Cohoon examines representations of American boyhood found in children's periodicals and middle-class magazines produced between 1840 and the first decade of the 20th century. Particular attention is paid to constructions of masculinity, nationality, and citizenship. Some of the texts analyzed include serialized stories by such well-known authors as Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott, as well as less-familiar periodicals like Boys of New York. Cohoon teaches courses in children's literature at the U. of Memphis. The text is based upon her doctoral dissertation. Reference and Research Book News, August 2006
EAN: 9780810854253
ISBN: 0810854252
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2006
Seitenanzahl: 191 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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