Fabricating Girls: Clothes and Coming-of-Age Fiction by Women of Color

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Margaret D. Stetz

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Given the long history of prejudice against clothing as a serious subject of scholarly analysis, dress has remained insufficiently explored in literary criticism as a feature of the bildungsroman, or the coming-of-age fictional narrative. Choice of dress has been, however, a crucial element in the establishment of identity and in the process of maturation, particularly in narratives about girls and most especially in late-twentieth and early-twenty-first-century works about girls of color. This essay examines the role of dress in three representative texts by women of color—one Australian, one Afro-British, and one Chicana.

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Stetz, M. (2019). Fabricating Girls: Clothes and Coming-of-Age Fiction by Women of Color. Humanities Bulletin, 2(1), 122-134. Retrieved from https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/HB/article/view/480
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