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Lunchtime Seminar

Entertaining Guide: College Girls chapter

Dawn Sardella-Ayres

on 23 June 2018

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Transcript of Lunchtime Seminar

Including works by:

Louisa May Alcott
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Laura Ingalls Wilder
L.M. Montgomery
Gene Stratton Porter
Maud Hard Lovelace
Slim pickings....
Entertaining with Classic Children's Literature
Dawn Sardella-Ayres
Amie Rose Rotruck
"It is not enough to mention that they have tea... you must specify the muffins." Frances Hodgson Burnett
The "College Girl" Novel
Women in college, women's colleges in the US
College girl in popular culture
Domestic/realistic stories
Series books
The age of innocence: a "college girl spread"
"College girls are always running tea-rooms." -Betty Wales & Co.
"College Girl" fiction and food culture
Children's Books + Food = heck yeah!
Menus, decor ideas, writing prompts, assorted details.
College as a "green world"
Books and tropes
Emphasis: society
"The Adamless Eden"
Ye Olde Tea Room
When Patty Went to College by Jean Webster (1903)
Anne of the Island
by L.M. Montgomery (1915)
Grace Harlowe college series
by Jessie Graham Flower (1914-1917)
Molly Brown series
by Nell Speed (1912-1922)
Marjorie Dean college series
by Pauline Lester (1922)
College Space
An all-around girl
"Oh, you'll like college, Betty.... Every girl has her own reasons for liking college--but every nice girl does." - Betty Wales, Freshman
A College Spread
Rarebit and "Plowed Field"
Tea Room Cuisine
Critical Sources
Carpan, Carolyn. Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America. (2008)

Inness, Sherrie A. Intimate Communities: Representation and Social Transformation in Women's College Fiction, 1895-1910. (1995)

Marchalonis, Shirley. College Girls: A Century in Fiction. (1995)

Peril, Lynn. College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now. (2007).

Whitaker, Jan. Tea at the Blue Lantern Inn: A Social History of the Tea Room Craze in America. (2002)
Home cooking, "comfort food"
"Modern": light, fresh
"Little meals" and "made dishes"
Regional cuisine, regional ingredients
Combining women and business: the intersection of work, public and social worlds
“Glasgow tea rooms and... the Oxford Street and Piccadilly shops”
contact: ds632@cam.ac.uk
Stunts and larks
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