Both Stephanie and Nancy are presenting papers at conferences this summer.
Stephanie offers a paper entitled “Independent women: education and economics in US and UK early twentieth century,” which considers the relationship between education, economics and young women’s independence as it was presented to teenage readers of school and college fiction in the first fifty years of the twentieth century. This paper is part of the proceedings at the International Standing Committee on the History of Education (ISCHE) conference held in Buenos Aires.
Nancy returns to the Camden campus of Rutgers University (where she worked for many years) to give a paper at the biennial conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY). Her paper, “Career Girls and Homemakers: Advice for High School Girls,” explores how the pages of Co-ed magazine served as a source of informal education for American teenage girls in the long 1950s as they began the transition from schoolgirl to career woman or homemaker.
Our project was included in an exhibition showcasing research at the University of Winchester. The exhibit featured in the university’s Research and Engagement Week program. Information about our project is shown in the center poster in the group below.
The project also features on a website called Images of Research.
Stephanie and Nancy will be presenting a paper entitled “Writing of the Body: gendering sickness and health in schoolgirl novels” at the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Chicago, IL (USA) in August.
This paper will draw on the sources we are using in the Transnational Femininities project to consider the gendered nature of wellness and illness as it is written onto the bodies of the characters. We will discuss how physical strength and frailty serve as important markers in the plots of these books. Moreover, we will explore how fictional sources served an educative role, raising readers’ awareness of contemporary concerns. In British and American school and college stories, the health and well-being of the students is an important theme. In the American tales, such as the Marjorie Dean series, basketball is the central physical activity, though there are references to golf and tennis, and the characters often take long walks in bucolic settings. Health, and illness, is an even more dominant theme in British stories, indeed the plotlines depend on it: there are frail students, illnesses and injuries that occur due to adventures on frozen lakes and perilous mountain paths, and ill relatives lurking in the background.
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