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the childhood of a girl

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However, the term "daughters" defines the experience of girlhood through the structure of family relationships, and Jardine defines the focus of her attention as women, as reflected in the subtitle "Women and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare.
Jennifer Higginbotham's The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Sisters: Gender, Transgression, Adolescence describes itself as "the first full-length study of how the concept of the 'girl' was constructed in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and drama.
Higginbotham's argument is that girlhood "fragmented gender categories in early modern England, producing multiple categories of femininity and femaleness" (1) with the "girl" occupying only one among many "distinct positions" for young females, including "lass," "wench," "damsel," and "whore.
Over time, Higginbotham argues, the cornucopia of available words and meanings shrinks, which "subsumes girlhood into a linear narrative" associated with youth.
participate in the fashioning of a discourse of girlhood that consistently market it as a time of relative freedom compared to womanhood" (63).
Whereas previous chapters broadened definitions of girlhood by extending them to troublesome adults and by blurring the gender of infants, this chapter proceeds to rely upon this narrow definition of girlhood that limits it only to prepubescent childhood.
Chapter 5, "Voicing Girlhood," looks at girlhood in letters, autobiographical writings, and creative work by Lady Anne Clifford, Lady Grace Mildmay, and Rose Hickman Throckmorton.
Throughout The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Sisters, the more obvious and canonical "girl" characters, such as Shakespeare's Juliet or Ophelia, or the Lady in Comus, are given shorter shrift than Middleton's Moll Frith and Heywood's plucky Bess, whose claim to the role of "girl" requires detailed explication and glossing.