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A World of Women: Growing Up in the Girls' School Story
In this book, Rosemary Auchmuty looks at school novels with popular female heroines, such as the Abbey Girl books and the Chalet School series. She questions their ability to portray strong, independent women, and asks why the female authors often resort to the conventions of society, marrying the characters off into a life of domesticity.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Women's Press
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Interesting stuff, but sometimes I feel a touch of special pleading and pushing the argument beyond quite what the evidence will bear. Though I am thoroughly in agreement with the claim about the way people can use despised genres to do interesting and subversive things. If I could give half-stars, this would be three and half.
Professor Rosemary Auchmuty is described on the University of Reading's website as "A pioneer of women's studies and feminist legal studies in higher education in Britain." For three years she was the Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, a joint enterprise between the Universities of Westminster, Keele and Kent, and is currently a professor at Reading Law School. In ...moreMore about Rosemary Auchmuty...