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  1. Relative Intimacy: Fathers, Adolescent Daughters, and Postwar American Culture (Gender and American Culture)
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  2. Relative Intimacy: Fathers, Adolescent Daughters, and Postwar American Culture (Gender and American Culture)

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Celebrated as new consumers and condemned for their growing delinquencies, teenage girls emerged as one of the most visible segments of American society during and after World War II. Contrary to the generally accepted view that teenagers grew more alienated from adults during this period, Rachel Devlin argues that postwar culture fostered a father-daughter relationship characterized by new forms of psychological intimacy and tinged with eroticism.

According to Devlin, psychiatric professionals turned to the Oedipus complex during World War II to explain girls' delinquencies and antisocial acts. Fathers were encouraged to become actively involved in the clothing and makeup choices of their teenage daughters, thus domesticating and keeping under paternal authority their sexual maturation.

In Broadway plays, girls' and women's magazines, and works of literature, fathers often appeared as governing figures in their daughters' sexual coming of age. It became the common sense of the era that adolescent girls were fundamentally motivated by their Oedipal needs, dependent upon paternal sexual approval, and interested in their fathers' romantic lives. As Devlin demonstrates, the pervasiveness of depictions of father-adolescent daughter eroticism on all levels of culture raises questions about the extent of girls' independence in modern American society and the character of fatherhood during America's fabled embrace of domesticity in the 1940s and 1950s.

Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Rachel Devlin
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: The University of North Carolina Press
EAN
9780807856055
Edition
1St Edition
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
0807856053
Label
The University of North Carolina Press
Manufacturer
The University of North Carolina Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
272
PublicationDate
2005-06-13
Publisher
The University of North Carolina Press
Studio
The University of North Carolina Press
ReleaseDate
0000-00-00
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The dynamics of father-daugther relationships are usually so commonplace as to be unremarkable. Devlin delves beyond the surface to makes them not only new but vastly deeper and more interesting. From WWII on she shows the reader how a new idea of "normal" was created. A must for historians, feminists, and anyone else interested in the nuances of how fathers and daughters relate.
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