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Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America

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Girls series books have been popular since the early 1840s, when books about Cousin Lucy, a young girl who learns about the world around her, first appeared. Since then, scores of series books have followed, several of them highly successful, and featuring some of the most enduring characters in fiction, such as Nancy Drew. In recent decades, series books like The Baby-Sit ...more
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by The Scarecrow Press
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Jan 07, 2010 CLM rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to CLM by: Laurie Amster-Burton
Had not finished this when the library demanded it back - while there was much to like and I greatly enjoyed perusing, I felt as if the author had left things out although other than ignoring Laura E. Richards and, I think, Susan Coolidge, I have not yet had a moment to determine what else was neglected. She has some interesting criticism of Janet Lambert, some of which is valid, but some just annoyed me, and she barely mentions Beany Malone, notable for a heroine who is not only Catholic but fo ...more
This was....okay. It reads like a series of undergraduate-level essays, complete with Very Repetitive Topic Sentences sprinkled around. It also covers waaaay too much ground in spotty depth; sometimes I wondered why the author chose certain series to focus on or just give passing mention. Much less cohesive than, say, Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her. Example: I'm not sure why we got a full chapter on Elsie Dinsmore and treatment of race in that series while Ruth Fielding, w ...more
Jun 29, 2014 hannah added it
Shelves: lit-theory
Read mostly just the second half of this, because I've read plenty about the Stratemeyer Syndicate and really just want to read more crit about everything that came after 1955. Unfortunately, this book really isn't crit in the slightest; it's very much just an intelligent overview and history of series fiction, a lot like Michael Cart's book about the history and development of YA. There are a few moments of good stuff about how this so-called "realistic fiction" is all fantasy, and about how gi ...more
A fun collection of articles on girls' series fiction, a topic which I didn't know much about other than the obligatory Nancy Drew (my Dad used to read those to me when I was little, and I've still got most of them!)

Now I know what some of those random books are that I've seen at antique shows.

Good reading for aspiring librarians and anybody else interested in the genre and various sub-forms.
A fairly slight and disappointingly un-engaging read, obviously someone's thesis stretched way too thin. I read a fascinating article in the New Yorker [really gotta renew my scrip on that:] a few years ago about the churning out of Nancy Drew tales and was hoping for something as raucous as that. Nope.
Sep 04, 2009 Laurie marked it as to-read
Recommended to Laurie by: Lion & Unicorn 9/09
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I am surprised that none of my friends has read this yet. (Also, startled to see that I have 282 books on my "to-read" list.)
Sep 05, 2009 Kerri marked it as to-read
Not even listed at NYPL (so, another book I'll have to buy)
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Educated at the University of King's College and Dalhousie University, where she received her BA; at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she received an MA in Women's Studies; and at Dalhousie University, where she received a Master's of Library and Information Studies; Carolyn Carpan is the Director of Public Services in the Hamilton College Library in Clinton, NY, and the author of a ...more
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