Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper (Hardback)
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Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 14/07/2017
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In the glorious, boozy party after the First World War, a new being burst defiantly onto the world stage: the 'flapper'. Young, impetuous and flirtatious, she was an alluring, controversial figure, celebrated in movies, fiction, plays and the pages of fashion magazines. But, as this book argues, she didn't appear out of nowhere. This spirited history presents a fresh look at the reality of young women's experiences in America and Britain from the 1890s to the 1920s, when the 'modern' girl emerged. Lost Girls is a story of youth derided and fetishized; of ageing viscerally feared. It is a story of a culture beset by anxiety about adolescent girls. And it is a story of young women trying to shape their own identity amidst contradictory theories of adolescence and sexuality, the politics of suffrage, and the popular fiction, theatre, cinema and dance hall crazes of the time. Linda Simon shows us how the modern girl bravely created a culture, a look and a future of her own. Lost Girls is an illuminating history of the iconic flapper as she evolved from a problem to a temptation, and finally, in the 1920s and beyond, to an aspiration.

Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781780238128
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 208 x 156 mm


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"'The iconic, mythic, post-war flapper, ' writes Simon in her involving social history of the phenomenon, 'emerged from a culture obsessed with the adolescent girl: as a problem, a temptation and finally, in the 1920s and beyond, an aspiration.' . . . Lost Girls is a scholarly treatise on what at first glance would seem a frivolous subject. . . . Simon has come up with a great deal of fascinating information and her research is impressive."--Moira Hodgson "Wall Street Journal "
"The flapper is famous for her style, not her substance. . . . But the history of the flapper goes back further than such pop narratives would have us believe. In her book Lost Girls, historian Simon traces the prehistory of the term, and positions the eventual emergence of these wild gals as the end of a generation-long cultural wrangling over female adolescence and female power. . . . Simon also deftly illustrates the ways that American and British society created the conundrum represented by the flapper."--Nina Renata Aron "Timeline "

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