The Girlhoods

The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines is a moving meditation on the things that endure in face implacable circumstance: art, love, freedom, persistence erotic fervor, indelible beauty natural world.

How do scholars research and interpret marginalized populations, especially those that are seldom recognized as or whose sources believed to be rare? Combining intersectional feminism public history methodologies, ‘A Girl Can Do: Recognizing Representing Girlhood’ reflects on how girlhood is found, researched, interpreted in museums, archives, historic sites. Defining “girl” “self-identifying females under the age of 21,” Do’ lays groundwork for understanding girlhood, its constructs, marginalization while providing faculty, students, working professionals with ten case studies researching girlhood. Contributors include archaeologists, archivists, curators, educators, historians who demonstrate adding a girl lens fosters greater inclusivity diversity our work. Whether studying spatial techniques colonial Peru, daybooks records late-nineteenth century Sweden, collaborating self-identifying fangirls produce pop-up exhibition, contributors variety methods can used this oft-overlooked population. Throughout, petitions collaborative creative thinking we reframe reinterpret – both traditional overlooked shed new light girls have contributed to, provide frames reference for, human culture.

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