Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis examines the contributions that American Girl dolls make to the development of girlhood, as well as doll and toy culture. I argue that the BeForever collection of historically centered dolls both informs consumers of United States history while instructing them of what it means to be a wholesome, virtuous girl. American Girl provides timeless stories about overcoming hardship in various periods of U.S. history while utilizing common themes in children’s literature to construct an attractive narrative. These dolls and their stories contribute to consumers’ understanding of girlhood, their sense of self, and broad comprehension of history. Recent developments within the company to diversify the BeForever collection of dolls points to a shift in the historical narrative consumers want to engage with.
Vaughan, Kelly M., "America Through Rose-Colored Glasses: How American Girl Dolls Shape American Girlhood and Identity". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2017.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/626
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