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Diaries of girls and women : a midwestern American sampler
Bunkers, Suzanne L.
Publication Information:
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [2001]

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xiv, 457 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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CT3260 .D53 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"Diaries of Girls and Women" captures and preserves the diverse lives of forty-seven girls and women who lived in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin between 1837 and 1999 young schoolgirls, adolescents coming of age, newlywed wives, mothers grieving the loss of children, teachers, nurses, elderly women, Luxembourger immigrant nuns, and women traveling abroad. A compelling work of living history, it brings together both diaries from historical society archives and diaries still in possession of the diarists or their descendents.
Editor Suzanne L. Bunkers has selected these excerpts from more than 450 diaries she examined. Some diaries were kept only briefly, others through an entire lifetime; some diaries are the intensely private record of a life, others tell the story of an entire family and were meant to be saved and appreciated by future generations. By approaching diaries as historical documents, therapeutic tools, and a form of literature, Bunkers offers readers insight into the self-images of girls and women, the dynamics of families and communities, and the kinds of contributions that girls and women have made, past and present. As a representation of the girls and women of varied historical eras, locales, races, and economic circumstances who settled and populated the Midwest, "Diaries of Girls and Women" adds texture and pattern to the fabric of American history.


Author Notes

Suzanne L. Bunkers is professor of English and director of the Honors Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is the editor of The Diary of Caroline Seabury: 1854-1863 , also published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She is the author of In Search of Susanna ; the editor of All Will Yet be Well: The Diary of Sarah Gillespie 1873-1952 ; and the co-editor of Inscribing the Daily: Critical Essays on Women's Diaries .