‘Who’s the girl with the kissin’ lips?’ Constructions of class, popular culture and agentic girlhood in Girl, Princess, Jackie and Bunty in the 1960s

Gibson, Mel (2018) ‘Who’s the girl with the kissin’ lips?’ Constructions of class, popular culture and agentic girlhood in Girl, Princess, Jackie and Bunty in the 1960s. Film, Fashion & Consumption, 7 (2). pp. 131-146. ISSN 2044-2823

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Abstract

This article focuses on four British periodicals incorporating or dominated by comic strips aimed at girls of different ages: Girl (Hulton Press, 1951−64), Princess (Fleetway, 1960−67), Jackie (DC Thomson, 1964−93) and Bunty (DC Thomson, 1958−2001). It will explore how these titles depicted agentic girlhood, class and popular culture. The periodicals show varying degrees of engagement with popular culture, varying according to adult constructions of girls as vulnerable and in need of protection. Some are more permissive and the voice of the girl appears within them, in others there is a more paternalistic approach. This has an impact, in turn, on the kind of content that they offered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: girls’ comics, Britain, agency, popular culture, magazines, childhood, teenagers
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 14:13
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 07:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34622

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