The Afterlife of Little Women

Written in an accessible narrative style, The Afterlife of Little Women speaks to scholars, librarians, and devoted Alcott fans.

Author: Beverly Lyon Clark

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421415581

Category: Literary Criticism

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Written in an accessible narrative style, The Afterlife of Little Women speaks to scholars, librarians, and devoted Alcott fans.
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The Afterlife of Little Women

Little Women (Asher), 150 Little Women (de Forest), 70–75, 80, 82, 88, 119, 164 revivals of, 85–86, 109, 117–18, 132 Little Women (film, 1917), 86 Little ...

Author: Beverly Lyon Clark

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press+ORM

ISBN: 9781421415598

Category: Literary Criticism

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“Superb, scrupulously researched . . . a comprehensive narrative for understanding the changing reception of Little Women.” —Gregory Eiselein, coeditor of The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia The hit Broadway show of 1912. The lost film of 1919. Katharine Hepburn, as Jo, sliding down a banister in George Cukor’s 1933 movie. Mark English’s shimmering 1967 illustrations. Jo—this time played by Sutton Foster—belting “I'll be / astonishing” in the 2004 Broadway musical flop. These are only some of the markers of the afterlife of Little Women. There’s also the nineteenth-century child who wrote, “If you do not ...make Laurie marry Beth, I will never read another of your books as long as I live.” Not to mention Miss Manners, a Little Women devotee, who announced that the book taught her an important life lesson: “Although it’s very nice to have two clean gloves, it’s even more important to have a little ink on your fingers.” In The Afterlife of Little Women, Beverly Lyon Clark, a leading authority on children’s literature, maps the reception of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel, first published in 1868. Clark divides her discussion into four historical periods. The first covers the novel’s publication and massive popularity in the late nineteenth century. In the second era—the first three decades of the twentieth century—the novel becomes a nostalgic icon of the domesticity of a previous century, while losing status among the literary and scholarly elite. In its mid-century afterlife, from 1930-1960, Little Women reaches a low in terms of its critical reputation but remains a well-known piece of Americana within popular culture. The book concludes with a long chapter on Little Women’s afterlife from the 1960s to the present, a period in which the reading of the book seems to decline, while scholarly attention expands dramatically and popular echoes continue to proliferate. Drawing on letters and library records as well as reviews, plays, operas, film and television adaptations, spinoff novels, translations, Alcott biographies, and illustrations, Clark demonstrates how the novel resonates with both conservative family values and progressive feminist ones. She grounds her story in criticism of children’s literature, book history, cultural studies, feminist criticism, and adaptation studies—in a book that is “fascinating, cover-to-cover, for the many readers of Little Women still out there, whether scholar or generally interested fan” (Studies in the Novel).
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Meg Jo Beth Amy The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

“[An] affectionate and perceptive tribute.”—Wendy Smith, Boston Globe In Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Anne Boyd Rioux brings a fresh and engaging look at the circumstances leading Louisa May Alcott to write Little Women and why this beloved ...

Author: Anne Boyd Rioux

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393254747

Category: Literary Criticism

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On its 150th anniversary, discover the story of the beloved classic that has captured the imaginations of generations. Soon after publication on September 30, 1868, Little Women became an enormous bestseller and one of America’s favorite novels. Its popularity quickly spread throughout the world, and the book has become an international classic. When Anne Boyd Rioux read the novel in her twenties, she had a powerful reaction to the story. Through teaching the book, she has seen the same effect on many others. In Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Rioux recounts how Louisa May Alcott came to write Little Women, drawing inspiration for it from her own life. Rioux also examines why this tale of family and community ties, set while the Civil War tore America apart, has resonated through later wars, the Depression, and times of changing opportunities for women. Alcott’s novel has moved generations of women, many of them writers: Simone de Beauvoir, J. K. Rowling, bell hooks, Cynthia Ozick, Jane Smiley, Margo Jefferson, and Ursula K. Le Guin were inspired by Little Women, particularly its portrait of the iconoclastic young writer, Jo. Many have felt, as Anna Quindlen has declared, “Little Women changed my life.” Today, Rioux sees the novel’s beating heart in Alcott’s portrayal of family resilience and her honest look at the struggles of girls growing into women. In gauging its current status, Rioux shows why Little Women remains a book with such power that people carry its characters and spirit throughout their lives.
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Little Women

Beverly Lyon Clark, The Afterlife of Little Women, 2014. An exhaustive, detailed exploration of Little Women's popular and critical reception.

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781524704735

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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A beautiful new Deluxe Edition of Alcott's beloved novel, with a foreword by National Book Award-winning author and musician Patti Smith. Nominated as one of America’s most-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young readers. The beloved story of the March girls is a classic American feminist novel, reflecting the tension between cultural obligation and artistic and personal freedom. But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every reader must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or precocious and artistic Amy, the baby of the family? The charming story of these four "little women" and their wise and patient mother Marmee enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England was an instant success when first published in 1868 and has been adored for generations.
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Girls Series Fiction and American Popular Culture

The Afterlife of Little Women. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. ———. “Domesticating the School Story, Regendering a Genre: Alcott's Little ...

Author: LuElla D'Amico

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498517645

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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This collection explores the influence of girls’ series books on popular American culture and girls’ everyday experiences. It explores the cultural work that the series genre performs, contemplating the books’ messages about subjects including race, gender, and education, and examines girl fiction within a variety of disciplinary contexts.
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The Afterlife of Texts in Translation

Reading Borges After Benjamin: Allegory, Afterlife, and the Writing of History. Albany, NY: State University of New York ... The Afterlife of Little Women.

Author: Edmund Chapman

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030324520

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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The Afterlife of Texts in Translation: Understanding the Messianic in Literature reads Walter Benjamin’s and Jacques Derrida’s writings on translation as suggesting that texts exist within a process of continual translation. Understanding Benjamin’s and Derrida’s concept of ‘afterlife’ as ‘overliving’, this book proposes that reading Benjamin’s and Derrida’s writings on translation in terms of their wider thought on language and history suggests that textuality itself possesses a ‘messianic’ quality. Developing this idea in relation to the many rewritings and translations of Don Quijote, particularly the multiple rewritings by Jorge Luis Borges, Edmund Chapman asserts that texts consist of a structure of potential for endless translation that continually promises the overcoming of language, history and textuality itself.
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Praying with Jane Eyre

CHAPTER TWELVE On the Afterlife in Little Women I'm not afraid , but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven . -Chapter 36 , Little Women ...

Author: Vanessa Zoltan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593088012

Category: Literary Criticism

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“In these soaring, open-hearted essays, Vanessa Zoltan writes with fierce brilliance about suffering, survival, and the kind of meaning in life that can withstand real scrutiny.”—John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and The Anthropocene Reviewed A deeply felt celebration of a classic novel--and a reflection on the ways our favorite books can shape and heal us. Our favorite books keep us company, give us hope, and help us find meaning in a chaotic world. In this fresh and relatable work, atheist chaplain Vanessa Zoltan blends memoir and personal growth as she grapples with the notions of family legacy and identity through the lens of her favorite novel, Jane Eyre. Informed by the reading practices of medieval monks and rabbinic scholars from her training at the Harvard Divinity School and filtered through the pages of Jane Eyre as well as Little Women, Harry Potter, and The Great Gatsby, Zoltan explores topics ranging from the trauma she has inherited as the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors to finding hope, meaning, and even magic in our deeply fractured times. Brimming with a lifelong love of classic literature and the tenderness of self-reflection, the book also reveals simple techniques for reading any work as a sacred text--from Virginia Woolf to Anne of Green Gables to baseball scorecards. Whether you're an avowed "Eyrehead" or simply a curious reader looking for a richer connection with the written word, this deeply felt and inspiring book will light the way to a more intimate appreciation for whatever books you love to read.
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Dust Off the Gold Medal

The Afterlife of “Little Women.” Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014. Print. Eddy, Jacalyn. Bookwomen: Creating an Empire in Children's Book Publishing, ...

Author: Sara L. Schwebel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000417630

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 280

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The oldest and most prestigious children’s literature award, the Newbery Medal has since 1922 been granted annually by the American Library Association to the children’s book it deems "most distinguished." Medal books enjoy an outsized influence on American children’s literature, figuring perennially on publishers’ lists, on library and bookstore shelves, and in school curricula. As such, they offer a compelling window into the history of US children’s literature and publishing, as well as into changing societal attitudes about which books are "best" for America’s schoolchildren. Yet literary scholars have disproportionately ignored the Medal winners in their research. This volume provides a critically- and historically-grounded scholarly analysis of representative but understudied Newbery Medal books from the 1920s through the 2010s, interrogating the disjunction between the books’ omnipresence and influence, on the one hand, and the critical silence surrounding them, on the other. Dust Off the Gold Medal makes a case for closing these scholarly gaps by revealing neglected texts’ insights into the politics of children’s literature prizing and by demonstrating how neglected titles illuminate critical debates currently central to the field of children’s literature. In particular, the essays shed light on the hidden elements of diversity apparent in the neglected Newbery canon while illustrating how the books respond—sometimes in quite subtle ways—to contemporaneous concerns around race, class, gender, disability, nationalism, and globalism.
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Gale Researcher Guide for Louisa May Alcott s Fiction and the Transcendentalist Movement

The Afterlife of Little Women Little Women was followed by two sequels, Little Men, and Jo's Boys. These subsequent additions to the story begun in Little ...

Author: Melissa J. Strong

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781535848190

Category: Study Aids

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Gale Researcher Guide for: Louisa May Alcott's Fiction and the Transcendentalist Movement is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.
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The Afterlife

He really admired my mother, that style of little woman. Energetic little women—he loved them. He thought they could make money for him.

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307416773

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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To the hero of the title story of this collection, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: “A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig . . . each reed of thatch, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass.” All of these stories, each in its own way, partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to have its own exquisite dearness. As death approaches, existence takes on, for some of Updike’s aging characters, a translucence, a magical fragility; vivid memory and casual misperception lend the mundane an antic texture, and the backward view, lengthening, acquires a certain grandeur. Here is a world where wonder stubbornly persists, and fresh beginnings almost outnumber losses.
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Jim Morrison s Adventures in the Afterlife

The little women at least had the decency to cast their eyes downward. "Yes." "I've recently been through a couple of singularly unpleasant ex- periences.

Author: Mick Farren

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780312268367

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Part devil, part angel, the specter of Jim Morrison has haunted America's consciousness since his premature death in 1971. His spirit seemed dark, and the graphic despair of his Lizard King persona reigned supreme in his lifetime, but Jim Morrison died with a smile on his face. Was his journey through the afterlife as tumultuous as his journey through life? This is the question Mick Farren answers in his fascinatingly complex novel based on one of the twentieth century's most enigmatic figures. Jim Morrison's Adventures in the Afterlife picks up the story of Morrison as he hurtles through a purgatory-like afterlife in search of some way to bring his soul to peace. Along the way he finds Doc Holliday--and together they find themselves chasing the restless fire-and-brimstone evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, whose soul has broken after death into two warring halves. McPherson's sexier half becomes the object of Jim's obsession, and as the two struggle to find each other in this disordered land, their wild, careening chase through a dozen dystopiae recalls imagined worlds as diverse as Burgess's A Clockwork Orange or Terry Gilliam's Brazil. This is a daring, hilarious romp through the landfill of millennial society. Possessed of an imagination that rivals that of any of our edgiest fantasists, steeped in the detritus and ephemera of three decades of pop culture, Mick Farren has crafted in this new novel a bizarre and compelling fantasia.
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The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In his interpretation of how Jackie might “play the role of First Lady,” he ... in style and fabric,” with no “fat little women hopping around” in them, ...

Author: Michael J. Hogan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316949726

Category: History

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In his new book, Michael J. Hogan, a leading historian of the American presidency, offers a new perspective on John Fitzgerald Kennedy, as seen not from his life and times but from his afterlife in American memory. The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy considers how Kennedy constructed a popular image of himself, in effect, a brand, as he played the part of president on the White House stage. The cultural trauma brought on by his assassination further burnished that image and began the process of transporting Kennedy from history to memory. Hogan shows how Jacqueline Kennedy, as the chief guardian of her husband's memory, devoted herself to embedding the image of the slain president in the collective memory of the nation, evident in the many physical and literary monuments dedicated to his memory. Regardless of critics, most Americans continue to see Kennedy as his wife wanted him remembered: the charming war hero, the loving husband and father, and the peacemaker and progressive leader who inspired confidence and hope in the American people.
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The Afterlife of Ophelia

Among those characters, itwas the womenwho stood outas objects ofdesire and ... dramatic aspirations oftheMarch girls in LouisaMayAlcott's Little Women.

Author: Deanne Williams

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137016461

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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This collection of new essays is the first to explore the rich afterlife of one of Shakespeare's most recognizable characters. With contributions from an international group of established and emerging scholars, The Afterlife of Ophelia moves beyond the confines of existing scholarship and forges new lines of inquiry beyond Shakespeare studies.
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The Origins of Transmedia Storytelling in Early Twentieth Century Adaptation

The Afterlife of 'Little Women'. Johns Hopkins University Press. Clark, M.J. 2007. Theatrical and Cinematic Portrayals of Mental and Marital Breakdown in a ...

Author: Alexis Weedon

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030724764

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 281

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This book explores the significance of professional writers and their role in developing British storytelling in the 1920s and 1930s, and their influence on the poetics of today’s transmedia storytelling. Modern techniques can be traced back to the early twentieth century when film, radio and television provided professional writers with new formats and revenue streams for their fiction. The book explores the contribution of four British authors, household names in their day, who adapted work for film, television and radio. Although celebrities between the wars, Clemence Dane, G.B. Stern, Hugh Walpole and A.E.W Mason have fallen from view. The popular playwright Dane, witty novelist Stern and raconteur Walpole have been marginalised for being German, Jewish, female or gay and Mason’s contribution to film has been overlooked also. It argues that these and other vocational authors should be reassessed for their contribution to new media forms of storytelling. The book makes a significant contribution in the fields of media studies, adaptation studies, and the literary middlebrow.
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LITTLE WOMEN and THE FEMINIST IMAGINATION

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, ed. ... but that the sisters are all still on their way to success in life and the Celestial City in afterlife.

Author: Janice M. Alberghene

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135593254

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Literary Afterlife

Her childhood experiences with three sisters provided the focus for Little Women and its several sequels. Australian Geraldine Brooks (b ...

Author: Bernard A. Drew

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786457212

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 420

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This is an encyclopedic work, arranged by broad categories and then by original authors, of literary pastiches in which fictional characters have reappeared in new works after the deaths of the authors that created them. It includes book series that have continued under a deceased writer's real or pen name, undisguised offshoots issued under the new writer's name, posthumous collaborations in which a deceased author's unfinished manuscript is completed by another writer, unauthorized pastiches, and "biographies" of literary characters. The authors and works are entered under the following categories: Action and Adventure, Classics (18th Century and Earlier), Classics (19th Century), Classics (20th Century), Crime and Mystery, Espionage, Fantasy and Horror, Humor, Juveniles (19th Century), Juveniles (20th Century), Poets, Pulps, Romances, Science Fiction and Westerns. Each original author entry includes a short biography, a list of original works, and information on the pastiches based on the author's characters.
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Shakespeare s First Folio

... 1632–1695, 5 volumes (Oxford: Oxford Historical Society at the Clarendon Press, 1891–1900). Clark, Beverly Lyon. The Afterlife of 'Little Women' (Baltimore:

Author: Emma Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191069284

Category: Literary Criticism

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This is a biography of a book: the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays printed in 1623 and known as the First Folio. It begins with the story of its first purchaser in London in December 1623, and goes on to explore the ways people have interacted with this iconic book over the four hundred years of its history. Throughout the stress is on what we can learn from individual copies now spread around the world about their eventful lives. From ink blots to pet paws, from annotations to wineglass rings, First Folios teem with evidence of their place in different contexts with different priorities. This study offers new ways to understand Shakespeare's reception and the history of the book. Unlike previous scholarly investigations of the First Folio, it is not concerned with the discussions of how the book came into being, the provenance of its texts, or the technicalities of its production. Instead, it reanimates, in narrative style, the histories of this book, paying close attention to the details of individual copies now located around the world - their bindings, marginalia, general condition, sales history, and location - to discuss five major themes: owning, reading, decoding, performing, and perfecting. This is a history of the book that consolidated Shakespeare's posthumous reputation: a reception history and a study of interactions between owners, readers, forgers, collectors, actors, scholars, booksellers, and the book through which we understand and recognize Shakespeare.
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Reading Transatlantic Girlhood in the Long Nineteenth Century

Therefore, girls are not children waiting to become women; girls are women in all ways but one: sexuality. ... The Afterlife of Little Women. Johns.

Author: Robin L. Cadwallader

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000071702

Category: Literary Criticism

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This collection is the first of its kind to interrogate both literal and metaphorical transatlantic exchanges of culture and ideas in nineteenth-century girls’ fiction. As such, it initiates conversations about how the motif of travel in literature taught nineteenth-century girl audiences to reexamine their own cultural biases by offering a fresh perspective on literature that is often studied primarily within a national context. Women and children in nineteenth-century America are often described as being tied to the home and the domestic sphere, but this collection challenges this categorization and shows that girls in particular were often expected to go abroad and to learn new cultural frames in order to enter the realm of adulthood; those who could not afford to go abroad literally could do so through the stories that traveled to them from other lands or the stories they read of others’ travels. Via transatlantic exchange, then, authors, readers, and the characters in the texts covered in this collection confront the idea of what constitutes the self. Books examined in this volume include Adelaide Trafton’s An American Girl Abroad (1872), Johanna Spyri’s Heidi (1881), and Elizabeth W. Champney’s eleven-book Vassar Girl Series (1883-92), among others.
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Why We Watch

... now held tiny photographs of the departed or even more significantly was ... an afterlife—Beth in Little Women, Little Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop, ...

Author: Jeffrey H. Goldstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195118216

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

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Examines why there is a large market for violent entertainment in many widely varied aspects of American culture, including film, television, literature, video games, children's toys, and sports
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