For an introduction to the historical context and critical
interpretation of girls' literature, you may wish to consult these
secondary sources, available in Perkins Library Stacks.
- Allen, Marjorie N. What Are Little Girls Made Of?: A Guide
to Female Role Models in Children's Books. New York: Facts on
- Avery, Gillian. Childhood's Pattern: A Study of Heroes and
Heroines of Children's Fiction 1770-1950. London: Hodder &
- Berg, Temma F. Anne of Green Gables: A Girl's Reading.
Children's Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 4 (Winter
1984-5) pp. 124-127.
- Cadogan, Mary and Patricia Craig. You're a Brick, Angela!:
A New Look at Girls' Fiction from 1839 to 1975. London:
- Carpenter, Humphrey. Secret Gardens: A Study of the Golden
Age of Children's Literature. London: Allen & Unwin, 1985.
- Crouch, Marcus. The Nesbit Tradition: The Children's Novel
1945-1970. London: Ernest Benn, 1972.
- Dodson, Shireen. 100 Books for Girls to Grow On. New
York: Harper Collins, 1998. Includes plot synopses and quizzes.
- Foster, Shirley and Judy Simons. What Katy Read: Feminist
Re-readings of "Classic" Stories for Girls. Iowa City:
University of Iowa Press, 1995.
- Gorham, Deborah. The Victorian Girl and the Feminine
Ideal. London: Croom Helm, 1982.
- Hewins, Caroline Maris. A Mid-Century Child and her
Books. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1926.
- Inness, Sherrie A., ed. Nancy Drew and Company : Culture,
Gender, and Girls' Series. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green
State University Popular Press, c1997.
- Mason, Bobbie Ann. The Girl Sleuth: A Feminist Guide.
Old Westbury, NY: Feminist Press, 1975.
- McGillis, Roderick. A Little Princess: Gender and
Empire. New York: Twayne Publishers, c1996.
- McRobbie, Angela. Feminism and Youth Culture: From 'Jackie'
to 'Just Seventeen.' London: Macmillan, 1991.
- Mitchell, Sally. The New Girl: Girls' Culture in England,
1880-1915. New York: Columbia University Press, c1995.
- Pierce, Anna Eloise. Catalog of literature for advisers of
young women and girls; an annotated list of more than two thousand
titles of the most representative and useful books and periodical
articles for the use of deans and other advisers of young women and
girls. New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1923.
- Reynolds, Kimberly. Girls Only? Gender and Popular
Children's Fiction in Britain, 1880-1910. Hemel Hempstead:
Harvester Press, 1989.
- Rowbotham, Judith. Good Girls Make Good Wives: Guidance for
Girls in Victorian Fiction. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989.
- Salmon, Edward J. 'What Girls Read.' Nineteenth
Century, vol. 20, no. 116 (1886), pp. 516-527.
- Saxton, Ruth O., ed. The Girl: Constructions of the Girl in
Contemporary Fiction by Women. New York: Saint Martin's Press,
- White, Barbara Anne. Growing Up Female : Adolescent
Girlhood in American Fiction. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood