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Women’s, Gender, and

Sexuality Studies Program

Dr. Susan I. Lewis
SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Emily Hamilton-Honey
SUNY Canton

Running the Gamut and the Gauntlet:
Mixed Messages in World War I Girls' Series Fiction

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Honors Center—College Hall

5 p.m.

“American women today are a bundle of contradictions because much of the med

ia imagery we grew up with was itself filled with mixed messages about what women should and should not do, what women could and could not be.”  So Susan Douglas argued in her path-breaking study, Where the Girls Are: Growing up Female with the Mass Media.  Though Douglas was speaking about girlhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s, her observation is equally true of other periods in history.

This presentation will focus on the mixed messages that girls’ series transmitted to their young readers during the First World War, a period when women were attempting to forge new, more active roles on both the home-front and the battlefront.   We will explore the ways in which these fictional adventures simultaneously celebrated and restricted the power of their heroines – and through them, the imagination of their girl fans.

Victory Girls United War Work Campaign flyer

This colloquium is supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and sponsored by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Honors Program and the History and English Departments at SUNY New Paltz .The event is free and open to the Public. For more information, please call 257-2975.