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Becoming Girl

Collective Biography and the Production of Girlhood

Marnina Gonick (editor) Susanne Gannon (editor)

ISBN: 9780889615137

Publication Date: Aug 2014

Format: Paperback

Located within the interdisciplinary field of girlhood studies, this collection demonstrates how memories can be used to investigate the ways in which girlhood is culturally, historically, and socially constructed. Narrative vignettes of memory are produced and investigated to explore relations of power, longing, and belonging, and to critically examine the ways in which girlhood is constituted.
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Becoming Girl interrogates the everyday of girlhood through the collaborative feminist methodology of collective biography. Located within the emergent interdisciplinary field of girlhood studies, this scholarly collection demonstrates how memories can be used to investigate the ways in which girlhood is culturally, historically, and socially constructed. Narrative vignettes of memory are produced and collaboratively investigated to explore relations of power, longing, and belonging, and to critically examine the ways in which girlhood is constituted. These are snapshot moments that, when analyzed, expose the social, embodied, and affective processes of "becoming girl," making them visible in new ways. Incorporating the concepts of Gilles Deleuze, Judith Butler, and Michel Foucault, the authors investigate food, popular culture, sexuality, difference, literacy, family photographs, and trauma.

Bringing together international and interdisciplinary girlhood scholars, this volume provides an innovative, inclusive, and collaborative method for understanding the relationship between the individual and the collective.

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Becoming Girl reorients and reimagines what it means to research the girl in girlhood studies through an innovative theoretical engagement with the collective biography method. This is a powerful collection that opens up the methodological imagination of what (else) feminist qualitative inquiry can do. Read this collection and become entangled with your own girling memories. - Emma Renold, Cardiff University, author of Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (2005); Children, Sexuality and the Sexualisation of Culture (2014); and co-author of Stolen Becomings: Girls, Desire, and Sexuality (forthcoming).

Becoming Girl offers the first comprehensive account of the usefulness of collective biography for feminist research and its particular importance for girlhood studies. Across this set of insightful essays, collective biography emerges as a method with new potential for understanding what girlhood means to women and to girls, as an individual and collective experience and as a historical and contemporary representation. - Catherine Driscoll, University of Sydney, author of The Australian Country Girl: History, Image, Experience (2014); Teen Film: A Critical Introduction (2011); Modernist Cultural Studies (2010); and Girls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural Theory (2002).
Imprint Women's Press
Language English
Pages 250
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2014
Publisher Canadian Scholars
Subject/s Gender studies: women   Feminism & feminist theory  
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Girlhood Studies and Collective Biography - Marnina Gonick and Susanne Gannon
  • Section I: Methodology
  • Chapter 1: "Choir Practice" in Three Movements: Analyzing a Story of Girlhood through Deleuze, Butler, and Foucault - Susanne Gannon and Marnina Gonick
  • Chapter 2: Collective Biography and the Question of Difference - Marnina Gonick, Susan Walsh, and Marion Brown
  • Chapter 3: Deterritorializing Collective Biography - Susanne Gannon, Michele Byers, Mythili Rajiva, and Susan Walsh
  • Chapter 4: Things That Stay (and Things That Don't): Temporality and Affect in Collective Memoriesof Sexuality, Bodies, and Girlhood - Michele Byers, Susanne Gannon, and Mythili Rajiva
  • Section II: Themes
  • Chapter 5: "Eating Subjects": Girlhood, Food, and Relations of Difference - Michele Byers and Mythili Rajiva
  • Chapter 6: Girls, Sexuality, and Popular Culture: "Hey Pony! Come On!" - Susanne Gannon, Michele Byers, and Marnina Gonick
  • Chapter 7: Trauma and the Girl - Mythili Rajiva
  • Chapter 8: Picture Me: Relations of Body, Image, and Subject in Collective Biography - Marion Brown and Susanne Gannon
  • Chapter 9: Ruptures in the Heterosexual Matrix through Teenage Flows and Multiplicities - Bronwyn Davies, Marnina Gonick, Kristina Gottschall, and Jo Lampert
  • Chapter 10: The Blank Page: Literacy, Girlhood, and Neoliberalism - Marnina Gonick
  • Chapter 11: From Workshop to Classroom: Collective Biography as Feminist Pedagogy - Michele Byers, with Caroline Brunet, Amanda Dickie, Stefanie Frisina, Daniel Gervais, Patrick Russell, and Janis Sampson
  • Contributor Biographies
  • Index
Marnina Gonick is Canada Research Chair in Gender at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is the author of Between Femininities: Identity, Ambivalence and the Education of Girls (2003) and co-author of Young Femininity: Girlhood, Power and Social Change (2004).

Susanne Gannon is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She is co-author of Place Pedagogy Change (2011) and Doing Collective Biography (2006).

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