Modern Girl Around the World Research Group

The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization book cover
The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization (Duke University Press, 2008)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:00pm
Communications 202

Editors: Alys Weinbaum (English), Lynn Thomas (History), Priti Ramamurthy (Women Studies), Uta Poiger (History), Madeleine Yue Dong (History and International Studies), and Tani Barlow (History, Rice University)

During the 1920s and 1930s, in cities from Beijing to Bombay, Tokyo to Berlin, Johannesburg to New York, the Modern Girl made her sometimes flashy, always fashionable appearance in city streets and cafes, in films, advertisements, and illustrated magazines. Dressed in provocative attire and in hot pursuit of romantic love, Modern Girls seemed to flout the prescribed roles of dutiful daughter, wife, and mother. Contemporaries debated whether the Modern Girl was looking for sexual, economic, or political emancipation, or whether she was little more than an image, the hollow product of a new global commodity culture.

This book, edited by The Modern Girl Around the World Research Group at the University of Washington, tracks the Modern Girl as she emerged in the interwar period as a global phenomenon. Sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities from 2001-2004, the comparative and collaborative interdisciplinary research and teaching of this group developed new archives and methods, rewriting histories of gender formation and globalization.

Sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities.