Moruzi, Kristine. Constructing Girlhood through the Periodical Press, 1850-1915. Vermont: Ashgate, 2012. Print.
In examining six periodicals targeted unambiguously towards young British girls, Moruzi’s research explores the ways in which models of girlhood were constructed during a time of significant social change. Evident in the drastically different representations of women and girlhood in late nineteeth-century periodicals, Moruzi suggests that the feminine ideal that was previously so clear and governed is now inconsistent and often contradictory. Part of this tension, Moruzi infers, is the struggle of negotiating one’s female identity in an increasingly changing world that is still defined by tradition. How does a young woman, who is now exposed to new opportunities beyond the conventions of the domestic sphere and marriage, maintain her reputation and social standing while exploring alternative modes of experience? Moruzi’s extensive study of these issues uses historical, social, and political contexts to examine this question and its complexities.