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Book Review

Doll Studies: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys and Play

Miriam Forman-Brunell and Jennifer Dawn Whitney, eds.
New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2015. Acknowledgments, introduction, contents, contributors, images, and index. 287 pp. $40.95 paper. ISBN: 9781433120695.

by Michelle Parnett-Dwyer

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In a collection of essays called Doll Studies: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys and Play, Miriam Forman-Brunell and Jennifer Dawn Whitney offer a critical review of how play with dolls and the construction of dolls have affected imaginations, ideologies, and identities. The editors divided the book into five sections: “Objects, Narratives, Historical Memories”; “Performance and Identity”; “Mediating Contexts of Play”; “Modernism and Modernization”; and “Commodifying Multiculturalism, Nationalism, Racism, and Girlhood.” From discussions of material culture and memories of girlhood in Germany to doll discourses in Ireland, from Bratz dolls and diasporic Iranian girls in Australia to Nicki Minaj and Harajuku Barbie, Doll Studies illustrates the growing importance of an international and interdisciplinary approach to the study of these universal toys.