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Abate, Michelle Ann: Funny Girls. Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2019. (201 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781496820730
BibTeX citation key: Abate2019
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Keywords: "Li’l Tomboy", "Little Audrey", "Little Lulu", "Little Orphan Annie", "Nancy", Buell. Marjorie Henderson, Bushmiller. Ernie, Character, Children’s and young adults’ comics, Comic strip, Gender, Gray. Harold, Humor, USA
Creators: Abate
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
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Abstract
Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics is the first full-length critical study to examine the important cadre of young female protagonists that permeated US newspapers strips and comics books during the first half of the twentieth century. Many of the earliest, most successful, and most influential titles from this era featured elementary-aged girls as their central characters, such as Little Orphan Annie, Nancy, and Little Lulu. Far from embodying a now-forgotten facet of twentieth century print culture, these figures remain icons of US popular and material culture. Recognizing the cadre of Funny Girls who played such a significant role in the popular appeal and commercial success of American comics during the first half of the twentieth century challenges longstanding perceptions about the gender dynamics operating during this era. In addition, they provide information about a wide range of socio-political issues, including the popular perceptions about children, mainstream representations of girlhood, and changing national attitudes regarding youth and youth culture. Finally, but just as importantly, strips like Little Lulu, Little Orphan Annie, and Nancy also shed light on another major phenomenon within comics: branding, licensing, and merchandising. In discussing these are other issues, Funny Girls gives much needed attention to an influential, but long neglected, aspect of comics history in the United States.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (vii)

Introduction: “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s an Elementary-Aged Girl!” Remembering a Time in American Comics When Young Female Protagonists Ruled (3)

1. “Then I Could Have a Real Papa and Mama like Other Kids”: Little Orphan Annie, the Orphan Girl Formula, and the Nanny State (15)
2. “I Slant My Gags to the Lawrence Welk Gum Chewers”: Nancy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic (41)
3. From Battling Adult Authority to Battling the Opposite Sex: Little Lulu as Gag Panel and Comic Book (63)
4. In Your Dreams: Little Audrey, Freudian Psychoanalysis, and Postwar Child Psychology (90)
5. “From the Top, Stupid!”: The Li’l Tomboy Comic Book Series, Female Juvenile Delinquency, and the Comics Code (114)

Epilogue: From Li’l to Big. The Legacy of Classic American Comics Starring Girls (152)

Notes (171)
Works Cited (178)
Index (191)


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