Adolescence and Menarche Bibliography

Query From Laurie Scrivener lscrivener@ou.edu 05 Feb 1997

My question is similar to the one posted earlier about coming of age literature. A professor of mine is interested in literature describing a girl's rite of passage. Specifically, literature which describes menarche. Some of the works listed in the coming of age thread may be relevant to her research. She is finding it very difficult to locate works that describe this important event in a girl's life. An example of a book she had us read was _Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo_ by Ntozake Shange. Any help identifying literature mentioning menarche would be greatly appreciated.

Responses:

Blume, Judy _Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret_

Campbell, Patricia J. _Sex Education Books for Young Adults, 1892-1979_(Bowker, 1979)

Daniel, Rosemary _Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex, and Suicide in the Deep South_(Holt Rinehart, 1980)

Ichiyo, Higuchi _Takekurabe_(Japanese trans. as _Growing Up_, _Comparing Heights_, _Child's Play_ OR translated by Robert Danly in _In the Shade of Spring Leaves_OR found in _Modern Japanese Literature_, anthology edited by Donald Keene

Lorde, Audre _Zami: A New Spelling of My Name_

Moody, Anne _Coming of Age in Mississippi_

Morrison, Toni _The Bluest Eye_

Ponce, Mary Ellen _Hoyt Street_

Reese, Lyn _I'm On My Way Running: Women Speak on Coming of Age_ (avon Press)

Riley, Jocelyn _Crazy Quilt_ (Morrow, 1984

Rudman, Masha _Children's Literature: An Issues Approach_

Spewak, Bella _Streets_

Other Suggestions:

_A Tree Grows in Brooklyn_

_The Thornbirds_

Lillian Helman's autobio

_Mrs. Mike_

Amy Tan's novels

Writings of Maya Angelou, Nella Larsen, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston


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