The Resource "God-gifted girls" : women illustrators, gender, class, and commerce in American visual culture, 1885-1925, Patricia Smith Scanlan

"God-gifted girls" : women illustrators, gender, class, and commerce in American visual culture, 1885-1925, Patricia Smith Scanlan

Label
"God-gifted girls" : women illustrators, gender, class, and commerce in American visual culture, 1885-1925
Title
"God-gifted girls"
Title remainder
women illustrators, gender, class, and commerce in American visual culture, 1885-1925
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Smith Scanlan
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Language
eng
Summary
This dissertation examines the careers and cultural significance of Philadelphia women illustrators between 1885--1925, including Bertha Corson Day, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Charlotte Harding, Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith, Alice Barber Stephens, and others. "God-gifted girls," a moniker coined by writer William Dean Howells, hints at their unusual status in the highly competitive and contested art world of that time. I analyze the artists' work and professional practices within the complex matrix of mass-market magazines, visual culture, class, and consumerism, and probe the gendered implications of their identities as "women illustrators." Despite achieving professional recognition and national fame, the artists have been written largely out of American art history due to the "feminine" and popular nature of their production. My study aims to rectify this omission in order to illuminate the pivotal roles of women illustrators in the realms of fine and commercial art alike. In chapter 1, I attend to the particular circumstances in Philadelphia that fostered the emergence of women illustrators: the growing demand for magazine illustration, the increased availability of art education, and training in illustration with Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute. I map out the ways in which the women established themselves as serious artists through their home and studio environments, and professional associations such as the Plastic Club. In chapters 2 and 3, I examine the women's careers as commercial and fine artists, their challenges in straddling these two increasingly divergent realms of art, and the gendered reception of the illustrators and their work. In the final two chapters, I scrutinize their scenes of childhood and new womanhood, respectively, to understand the images' roles in constructions of gender, race, and class. Although dismissed as sentimental kitsch, the artists' pictures of childhood played an important role in the shaping of middle-class taste and consumerism. Further, their incarnations of the New Woman present a more complex, compelling, and composite portrait of this phenomenon than the binary of the American girl and the mannish woman. This study of popular, "female art" broadens and sharpens our understanding of the cultural landscape in the early twentieth-century United States
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Scanlan, Patricia Smith
Degree
Ph.D.
Dissertation year
2010.
Granting institution
Indiana University, Department of the History of Art,
Index
no index present
LC call number
N8354
LC item number
.S326 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women illustrators
  • Women illustrators
Target audience
specialized
Label
"God-gifted girls" : women illustrators, gender, class, and commerce in American visual culture, 1885-1925, Patricia Smith Scanlan
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Publication
Copyright
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  • Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-08, Section: A, page: 2684
  • Typescript
  • Illustrations contained in volume 2
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
v.1: Table of Contents -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: "Her real hope is in black and white": The Rise of Women Illustrators in Late-Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia -- Chapter 2: Culture and Commercialism: Women Illustrators, Magazines, and the Marketplace -- Chapter 3: "With wizardry of brush and pen": Women Illustrators as Fine Artists -- Chapter 4: "Wholesome Young Americans": Shaping Identities, Taste, and Consumption with Domestic Sentiment -- Chapter 5: Visualizing "New Century" Women -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- v.2: Illustrations
Control code
900471878
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
2 volumes
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900471878
Label
"God-gifted girls" : women illustrators, gender, class, and commerce in American visual culture, 1885-1925, Patricia Smith Scanlan
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-08, Section: A, page: 2684
  • Typescript
  • Illustrations contained in volume 2
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
v.1: Table of Contents -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: "Her real hope is in black and white": The Rise of Women Illustrators in Late-Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia -- Chapter 2: Culture and Commercialism: Women Illustrators, Magazines, and the Marketplace -- Chapter 3: "With wizardry of brush and pen": Women Illustrators as Fine Artists -- Chapter 4: "Wholesome Young Americans": Shaping Identities, Taste, and Consumption with Domestic Sentiment -- Chapter 5: Visualizing "New Century" Women -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- v.2: Illustrations
Control code
900471878
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
2 volumes
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900471878

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