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An American Icon in Puerto Rico: Barbie, Girlhood, and Colonialism at Play

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An American Icon in Puerto Rico

Barbie, Girlhood, and Colonialism at Play

Emily R. Aguiló-Pérez

208 pages, 12 images, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-386-2 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (February 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-387-9 eBook Not Yet Published

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Since her creation in 1959, Barbie has become an icon of femininity to girls all over the world. In this study, author Emily R. Aguiló-Pérez focuses on a group of multigenerational Puerto Rican women and girls, exploring how playing with Barbie dolls as children has impacted their lives. By documenting the often-complicated relationships girls have with Barbie dolls, Aguiló-Pérez highlights the ways through which women and girls construct their own identities in relation to femininity, body image, race, and nationalism through Barbie play.

Emily R. Aguiló-Pérez is an Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in publications including The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children’s Literature, Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies, and Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. She served as guest editor for a special issue of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and she is a book reviewer for Latinxs in Kid Lit.

Subject: Gender Studies and Sexuality Cultural Studies (General) Sociology
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


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