Collective Biography and the Production of Girlhood
Becoming Girl reorients and reimagines what it means to research the girl in girlhood studies through an innovative theoretical engagement with the collective biography method. This is a powerful collection that opens up the methodological imagination of what (else) feminist qualitative inquiry can do. Read this collection and become entangled with your own girling memories.— Emma Renold, Cardiff University, author of Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (2005); Children, Sexuality and the Sexualisation of Culture (2014); and co-author of Stolen Becomings: Girls, Desire, and Sexuality (forthcoming).Becoming Girl offers the first comprehensive account of the usefulness of collective biography for feminist research and its particular importance for girlhood studies. Across this set of insightful essays, collective biography emerges as a method with new potential for understanding what girlhood means to women and to girls, as an individual and collective experience and as a historical and contemporary representation.— Catherine Driscoll, University of Sydney, author of The Australian Country Girl: History, Image, Experience (2014); Teen Film: A Critical Introduction (2011); Modernist Cultural Studies (2010); and Girls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural Theory (2002).