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ERIC Number: ED055086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 321
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Mother Was a Lady: Strategy and Order in Selected American Children's Periodicals, 1865-1890.
Kelly, Robert Gordon
During the Gilded Age, a period of great apparent social change and of intellectual and economic insecurity in the United States, several popular children's periodicals published a type of conventional, domestic fiction which reveals the tensions and anxieties felt by a social group organized by a particular social ideal, namely the traditional images of the gentleman and lady. The domestic fiction appearing in these magazines during the period 1865-1890 tends toward two basic narrative patterns or formulas--widely repeated sequences of character, event and resolution--shaped in part by the conditions of Gilded Age publishing and in part by ideological considerations that may be traced to the characteristics of the social class which produced the magazines chosen for study: "St. Nicholas," the "Youth's Companion,""Wide Awake,""Our Young Folks," and the "Riverside Magazine for Young People." Examination of the two formulas reveals the ideal social types considered to be appropriate models of emulation for a republican society, as well as unresolved tensions concerning the nation's growing cities, the responsibilities of a cultural elite in a democratic society, and changing notions about childhood. The stories may be seen further as strategies for reassurance. (Author/DB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Iowa