Deconstructing dolls : girlhoods and the meanings of play / edited by Miriam Forman-Brunell.

  • New York : Berghahn Books, 2021.
  • ©2021
xii, 182 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


Summary note
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Interrogating the meanings of dolls : new directions in doll studies / Miriam Forman-Brunell
  • Dolling up history : fictions of Jewish American girlhood / Lisa Marcus
  • "A story, exemplified in a series of figures" : paper doll versus moral tale in the nineteenth century / Hannah Field
  • From American girls into American women : a discussion of American girl doll nostalgia / Molly Brookfield
  • Barbie versus modulor ideal bodies, buildings, and typical users / Frederika Eilers
  • Handmade identities : girls, dolls and DIY / April Renée Mandrona
  • An afternoon of productive play with problematic dolls : the importance of foregrounding children's voices in research / Rebecca C. Hains
  • Some assembly required : black Barbie and the fabrication of Nicki Minaj / Jennifer Dawn Whitney
  • Black girls and dolls navigating race, class, and gender in Toronto / Janet Rosemarie Seo.
  • 9781800731028 (hardcover)
  • 1800731027 (hardcover)
  • 9781800731035 (paperback)
  • 1800731035 (paperback)
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