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|Title:||“Unbecoming Young Ladies”: alimentazione, identità di genere e status sociale nella narrativa statunitense per adolescenti del XIX secolo"||Authors:||Vellucci, Sabrina||Keywords:||Eating practices for girls; American eating practices for girls; Women and food||Issue Date:||2004||Publisher:||EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste||Source:||Sabrina Vellucci, “Unbecoming Young Ladies”: alimentazione, identità di genere e status sociale nella narrativa statunitense per adolescenti del XIX secolo", in: Prospero. Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali, XI (2004), pp. 189-203||Series/Report no.:||Prospero XI||Abstract:||"Gypsy Breynton" by Elizabeth Stuart-Phelps, "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, and "What Katy Did" by Susan Coolidge were three popular series of “girls’ books” born just after the Civil War and aimed at young girls belonging to the white American middle-class. Their main characters had very spirited temperaments, and they could be classified as ‘tomboys’ for their slightly masculine appearances and their passion for adventure. These texts were a first attempt at breaking the mould and the conventions of the Victorian sentimental novel and its clichés of girls too pure, perfect and saint. The girls’ attitude to food, and their feasting in the colleges’ dormitories were slightly subversive for the time, and the readers were advised not to follow their heroines’ example. The relationship with food was also a mark of the character’s social standing and her breeding, since the ability of restraining one’s appetite was considered typical of the upper classes. The recurrence of references to food and its related practices was an important novelty which foreshadowed a first definition of female adolescence by proposing, at the same time, a discourse on gender identity quite divergent from the dominant ideology of the white middle class ‘femininity’.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/10077/6290||ISSN:||1123-2684|
|Appears in Collections:||2004 / 11 Prospero. Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali|
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