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Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood, 1830-1930

Formanek-Brunell, Miriam

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ISBN 10: 0300050720 / ISBN 13: 9780300050721
Verlag: Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1993
Gebraucht Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover. Scores and superficial marks on jacket. Rear upper edge is lightly creased. Jacket spine ends, edges and leading corners are lightly bumped and worn. Light mark on page block head. Pages are clean and contents are clear throughout. Binding is sound. HJW. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 295183

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Titel: Made to Play House: Dolls and the ...

Verlag: Yale University Press, New Haven and London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1993

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

Art des Buches: Used

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Dolls have long been perceived as symbols of domesticity, maternity, and materialism, designed by men and loved by girls who wanted to 'play house.' In this engagingly written and illustrated social history of the American doll industry, Miriam Formanek-Brunell shows that this has not always been the case. Drawing on a wide variety of contemporary sources -- including popular magazines advertising, autobiographies, juvenile literature, patents, photographs, and the dolls themselves -- Formanek-Brunell traces the history of the doll industry back to its beginnings, a time when American men, women, and girls each claimed the right to construct dolls and gender. Formanek-Brunell describes how dolls and doll play changed over time: antebellum rag dolls taught sewing skills; Gilded Age fashion dolls inculcated formal social rituals; Progressive Era dolls promoted health and active play; and the realistic baby dolls of the 1920s fostered girls' maternal impulses. She discusses how the aesthetic values and business methods of women dollmakers differed from those of their male counterpart, and she describes, for example, Martha Chase, who made America's first soft, sanitary cloth dolls, and Rose O'Neill, inventor of the kewpie doll. According to Formanek-Brunell, although American businessmen ultimately dominated the industry with dolls they marketed as symbols of an idealized feminine domesticity, businesswomen presented an alternative vision of gender for both girls and boys through a variety of dolls they manufactured themselves.

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Miriam Formanek-Brunell is associate professor of history and director of women's and gender studies at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

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