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Anne-girls: investigating contemporary girlhood through Anne with an E

Hnatow, Alison Elizabeth (2020) Anne-girls: investigating contemporary girlhood through Anne with an E. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 coming of age novel by L.M. Montgomery. Adapted into over 40 multimedia projects since its publication, it has a significant historical and cultural presence. This research blends feminist media and literature analysis in an investigation of the representation of girlhood in Anne with an E, the 2017 to 2019 CBC & Netflix television program. This work focuses on Anne with an E, the Kevin Sullivan 1984 film, the 1934 George Nicholls Jr. film, and the original novel based on Anne’s Bildungsroman characteristics. Through the analysis of how Anne and the narrative interact with concepts of gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability status, emerges how the very definition of what it means to be a ‘girl’ and how it has changed. All 'Anne' adaptations situate the narratives and morality to the production's period, which speaks to what is historically possible and desirable for a girl within that time. By looking at Anne’s mistakes, and her victories comes an understanding of a girl’s maturation. In analyzing Anne with an E, this research aids in documenting and investigating what we consider normal, moral, and modern, with respect to gender, race, class, and other identity markers, as well as uncovering trends in public perceptions of sociological issues. I argue that Anne’s maturation is reliant upon her negotiation with her identity, advocacy, and her community. While there are many aspects of girlhood that have remained since the late 18th century, there has been a fundamental paradigm shift that is explored in this work.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hnatow, Alison Elizabethaeh95@pitt.eduaeh95
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWeikle-Mills, Courtney
Committee MemberBeaulieu, Julie
Committee MemberGlover, Geoffrey
Committee MemberGubar, Marah
Date: 2 December 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 November 2020
Approval Date: 2 December 2020
Submission Date: 17 November 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 60
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anne of Green Gables, Anne with an E, adaptations, Netflix, L.M. Montgomery
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 17:37
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2020 17:37


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