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Book Review

Paper Dolls: Fragile Figures, Enduring Symbols

Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2017. Introduction, images, conclusion, chapter notes, bibliography, and index. 217 pp. $49.95 paper. ISBN: 9781476669687

by Michelle Parnett-Dwyer

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In Paper Dolls: Fragile Figures, Enduring Symbols, coauthors Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene analyze the political, social, economic, technological, and religious influences on the creation of paper dolls. The authors examine the ways that these pieces of ephemera portray political satire, notions of womanhood, motherhood and family, the dictates of fashion, and self-image, among other topics. From discussions of ancient Chinese burial ceremonies and theatricals starring pantins (or puppets) at Versailles Palace under the reign of French king Louis XV to the cutout dolls of opera singer Jenny Lind and printable Kim Kardashians on the Internet, Paper Dolls proves a noteworthy source for readers interested in learning more about the rich history of paper dolls.