You're a Brick, Angela! is an apt title for Cadogan and Craig's survey, for the hearty school stories of Angela Brazil and her followers generate the liveliest discussions in the book. The dates in the subtitle are misleading, however. Yonge's The Daisy Chain is the first book treated, and this seems a logical place to begin a study of "girls' fiction." But it was published in 1854. Where does the 1839 date come from? Holiday House, published in 1839, is discussed in a digression, but with no evidence that it was considered a girls' book. No attempt is made to trace the gradual shift in the early Victorian years from viewing books as "children's books" to sorting them into "girls' books" and "boys' books." The 1975 cutoff is misleading, too, for the last quarter-century is given short shrift. One admires the reading stamina of the authors, but the book is too ambitious, covering both popular and "literary" fiction, and not only British but many American books as well. The reader is dazed by the 372-page bombardment of titles and characters.
Yet the middle chapters on the popular literature of schoolgirls, millgirls, girl guides, and others, are valuable. Accounts of the Northcliffe 'millgirl' papers and of the schoolgirl papers produced between the world wars by the thoroughly male Amalgamated Press make fascinating reading. And the informative material is leavened by engaging glimpses into the bizarre world of popular fiction. (e.g., four of Elsie Oxenham's Abbey Girls achieve the epitome of happy domesticity by giving birth to five sets of twins between them, Rosamund manages two sets in ten months—Rosabel, Rosalin, Rosanna, and Rosilda!) [End Page 10]
Cadogan and Craig are capable, too, of enlightened critical analysis—comments on the inherent problems of portraying growth to adulthood in books for children, for instance—but in trying to cover so much they have little space to develop a critical line of thought. One longs for an analysis of precisely how and why "girls' fiction" differed from "boys' fiction," but boys' books are never discussed. A lack of historical perspective mars the 19th-century chapters. The authors' vehement objection to fiction which channels girls toward a life of "nest-building and breeding" outweighs all other criteria, with the result that the formulaic school stories emerge with the highest grades. The authors are aware of this anomaly and attempt to justify it in the preface: "On the whole we have applied more stringent standards of criticism to books which, like Pollyanna, have been set up as near 'classics': there is nearly always something flaccid and sentimental about stories which have been described as 'much-loved.'" Yet one might argue that there's more than a touch of the "flaccid and sentimental" in the stereotyped characters, playing-field morality, and narrow patriotism of the school stories as well. The authors recommend reading the Brazil and Brent-Dyer school stories "with sympathetic recognition of the fact that they are products of another era." It is precisely this sympathetic reading that they cannot muster for the 19th-century fiction. The book's implicit claim to critical objectivity is damaged by loaded language and an irate tone. It suffers from the inevitable comparison with another feminist study of girls' books, Bobbie Ann Mason's The Girl Sleuth. Though less ambitious, The Girl Sleuth is more useful, partly because Mason acknowledges the subjective elements in her response to girls' series books and examines her complex feelings about them with fruitful results.
Girls Series Books: A Checklist of Hardback Books Published 1900-1975 should be a godsend to scholars. The University of Minnesota Libraries publication is a 130-page pamphlet containing more than 2000 titles of fictional series books written by a U.S. author or published first in the U.S. The sticky question of what constitutes a girls series book is pragmatical y answered here: those...
Overview of the Collection
- Gilliam, Angela, 1936-
- Angela Gilliam Papers
- 1988-2003 (inclusive)
- 0.825 cubic feet
- Collection Number
- This collections consists of professional portfolios and audio/visual materials that document the professional career of anthropologist Angela Gilliam from 1980 to 2001.
- The Evergreen State College, Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections.
Archives and Special Collections
Daniel J. Evans Library
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open to the public.
- The majority of this collection is in English, although there are audio/visual material in Portuguese. Materials are noted at the appropriate levels.
- Funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” grant for Washington Women’s History to the Washington Women’s History Consortium, a part of the Washington State Historical Society. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Angela Gilliam was born in Boston, MA. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles from 1954 to 1958 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies. From 1958 to 1962 she attended the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City to receive her Master of Science in Ethnology and Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. from Union Graduate School in 1975. She was a faculty member in anthropology/social sciences at The Evergreen State College (TESC) from 1988 to 2004, where she received Emeritus status. Prior to TESC she was a tenured professor at State University of New York, College at Old Westbury from 1970 to 1990. She was a visiting lecturer at University of Papua New Guinea from July, 1978 to July 1980 and at the University of Coimbra, Portugal from January, 1976 to August 1976. From 1966 to 1970 she worked in various positions that utilized her bilingual skills. She spoke fluent English, Spanish, and Portuguese and had reasonable fluency in French. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 1994 to 1995 lecturing and researching in Brazil. She is widely published in the field of anthropology. She belongs to professional and civic organizations including: American Anthropological Association, Association of Black Anthropologists, World Archeological Congress, American Ethnological Association, and Women for Mutual Security. While at TESC she participated in the following campus governance activities: International Disappearing Task Force, President's Advisory Council, and the Unsoeld Seminar Committee.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection consists of portfolios containing curricula vitae, evaluations, academic articles, presentations, conference materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, memoranda, and audio/visual multimedia including wave and MP3 audio files and DVD and DVCam cassettes documenting professional activities of Angela Gilliam from 1980 to 2001. Some items are in Portuguese and noted at the appropriate level. Much of the collection documents her time as faculty at The Evergreen State College (TESC) although portions of the audio material precedes her career at TESC.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions on Use
Duplication by the archives in no way transfers either copyright or property right, nor does it constitute permission to publish in excess of "fair use" or to display the materials.
In all cases, publication or display of our materials must carry the credit line: "From The Evergreen State College Archives". Citations of specific materials should include the accession number, provenance and series title, file folder heading (if any) followed by the specific item's identification (title or description).
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
This collection is divided into two series: Series I: Portfolios and Series II: Multimedia.
Series II: Multimedia is further subdivided into two subseries: Subseries I: Video Recordings and Subseries II: Audio Recordings.
Subseries II: Audio Recordings is further subdivided into seven sub-subseries: Sub-subseries I: Palestine trip; Sub-subseries II: Papua New Guinea trip; Sub-subseries III: Portuguese interviews; Sub-subseries IV: Black and Jews Conference at The Evergreen State College; Sub-Series V: The Evergreen State College Lectures; Sub-subseries VI: WBAI interviews; and Sub-subseries VII: Miscellaneous interviews.
This collection was processed by W. Randolph Stilson.
This bibliography includes works not directly available in the collection.Bond, G. C., & Gilliam, A. (1994). Social construction of the past: Representation as power. London: Routledge. Gilliam, A. (2001). A Black feminist perspective on the sexual commofication of women in the new global culture. McClaurin, I. (Ed.), Black feminist anthropology: theory, politics, praxis, and poetic (pp.150-186). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Foerstel, L., & Gilliam, A. (1992). Confronting the Margaret Mead legacy: Scholarship, empire, and the South Pacific. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Gilliam, A. (1976). Language attitudes, ethnicity and class in São Paulo and Salvador da Bahia (Brazil). S.l.: Union Graduate School.
In the Accession 1976-32 Program Histories the following collections have related materials: World Beat, Africa in the Imagination, and The International Political Economy of Drugs.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I: Portfolios, 1988-2001Return to Top
This series consists of portfolios containing curricula vitae, faculty member's own evaluations, students evaluations of faculty, peer evaluations, academic articles, presentations, conference materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and memoranda documenting professional activities of Angela Gilliam from 1988 to 2001. These portfolios were maintained to document her career and activities for The Evergreen State College for five year reviews.
This folder consists of curriculum vitae, vitae updates, faculty member's own evaluation, dean's evaluations, student evaluations of faculty, peer evaluations, correspondence, agendas, memoranda, fliers, newsletters, programs, conference materials, and newspaper clippings documenting professional activities, from 1988 to 1990. The evaluations document the program "Rags to Riches" from the academic year 1989 to 1990.
This folder includes student evaluations of faculty, faculty member's own evaluation, peer evaluations, memoranda, correspondence, and newspaper clippings documenting professional activities from 1988 to 1989. The evaluations document the program "Political Economy and Social Change" from the academic year 1988 to 1999.
Portfolio Volume 1
This folder consists of faculty member's own self evaluations, correspondence, curriculum vitae, student evaluations of faculty, memoranda, peer evaluations, fliers, and programs documenting professional activities from 1990 to 1992. Evaluations relating to the programs "Samba, Salsa, and Soul," "The International Political Economy of Drugs,' and "Africa in the Imagination" are included in this folder.
Portfolio Volume 2
This folder consists of papers written by Angela Gilliam that were presented at various professional events from 1991 to 1992. Papers included: "Toward a New Direction in the Media 'War' Against Drugs," "The Cultural Context of Martin Bernal's 'Black Athena'," "Africa in the Imagination: Teaching Americans about Africa," "Conflicts and Common Ground: Witnessing Black - Jewish Relations in the Reagan - Bush Era," and "Symbolic Subordination and the Representation of Power in 'Margaret Mead and Samoa'."
This folder consists of student evaluations of faculty for the programs "The International Political Economy of Drugs," "World Beat," and "Africa in the Imagination" over the 1990 to 1991 academic school year.
This folder consists of class evaluations, a curriculum vitae, correspondence, and student evaluations of faculty documenting professional activities from 1991to 1993. The evaluations document the programs "1492-1992 Image, Discourse: Decolonization of the Americas" and "The Televised Mind."
This folder consists of academic papers, correspondence, fliers, peer evaluations, curriculum vitae, student evaluations of faculty, proposals, Fulbright application, acceptance letter, and other related Fulbright material documenting professional activities from 1993 to 1996. The evaluations document the programs "Banned in Boston" in spring 1994, "Global Webs and the Reimagined Americas" in winter 1996, and "Brazil: Language, Culture and Self" in fall 1994. The papers included in this folder are "An Odyssey of Race, Gender, and Class: Two Generations and Three Decades of Negotiating Mulata Subjectivity in Brazil," " Symbolic Subordination and the Representation of Power in Margaret Mead and Samoa," "The Status of Affirmative Action Today," and "Labor, 'Love' and Lust: Black Women in the Borderlands of the Struggle for Place in Brazil."
Portfolio 1995-2000 Volume 1 Folder 1 of 2
This folder consists of peer evaluations, 5 year review certificate, curriculum vitae, faculty member's own evaluation, correspondence, memoranda, syllabi, presentation paper "The Status of Affirmative Action Today," and discussant's paper "Science and the Protection of White Public Space: Paradigmatic Practices, Human Rights and the Violence Initiative documenting professional activities from 1996 to 2001. The evaluations document the following programs: "Interrogations: Whiteness, Maleness and the Morality of Wealth" fall 1999, "Hidden Histories" from fall 1996- winter 1997 "Global Webs" 1995-1996 academic year, and "Orientalism and Afrocentricity: En-Countering the Master Narrative Spring "1997.
Portfolio 1995-2000 Volume 1 Folder 2 of 2
This folder consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, fliers, memoranda, academic articles, and "Projeto Rockefeller, Universidade de Campinas" summary of activities documenting professional activities from 1996 to 1999. The academic articles in the folder include: "The Brazilian Mulata: Images in the Global Economy," "Odyssey: Negotiating the Subjectivity of Mulata Identity in Brazil," "Onik'a's Ark."
Portfolio 1995-2000 Volume 2
This folder consists of student evaluations of faculty documenting the following programs: "Global Webs and the Re-Imagined Americas" academic year 1995-1996, "Hidden Histories" fall 1996, "Orientalism and Afrocentricity: En-countering the Master Narrative" spring 1997, and "Political Economy of Inequality" fall 1997.
Portfolio 1995-2000 Volume 3
This folder consists of student evaluations of faculty documenting the programs: "Black Feminist Thought" spring 1998, "Interrogations, Whiteness, Maleness and the Morality of Wealth" fall 1999, and "Black and Green 2000" spring 2000.
Fulbright Scholar Brazil
This folder consists of correspondence documenting the process of Angela Gilliam's becoming a Fulbright Scholar in 1994.
Series II: Multimedia, 1980-2003Return to Top
This series consists of wave files, MP3 file, DVD's and DVcam cassettes documenting the professional activities of Angela Gilliam in audio and video format from 1980 to 2004. The audio/video multimedia documents interviews, trips abroad, programs, panels, and lectures.
Subseries I: Video Recordings
This subseries consists of DVD's and DVCam cassettes of speakers, interviews, programs, conferences, lectures and oral histories documenting professional activities of Angela Gilliam from 1987 to 2003. Video material in Portuguese is noted at the item level.
Oral History of Angela Gilliam Interviewed by Joyce Prestwidge
1 dvd; alternate format: 3 dvcam cassettes
|1987 March 31|
Testimony before the Congressional Black Caucus: Palestinian/Israeli Conflict Hearing
3 dvd; alternate format: 2 dvcam cassettes
|1988 April 29|
Black Athena Lecture: Inaugural Lecture at The Evergreen State College
1 dvd; alternate format: 3 dvcam cassettes
|1988 September 14|
Interview with Dr. Angela Gilliam, Produced by: K.J. Prestwidge
1 dvd; alternate format: 1 dvcam cassette
|1990 October 16|
International Political Economy of Drugs
1 dvd; alternate format: 1 dvcam cassette
Rodney King Verdict Protest: Onik'a Gilliam Spokesperson for TESC Students at State Capital, Olymia, "Olympia Protest" on KSTW News
|1992 April 30|
1. Presentation at International Women's Day: 2. Guest on "Focus on Women": 3. Black in Film & T.V. Panel Discussion 2nd annual Seattle Black Film Festival
1. Seattle Friends w/Cuba: Pastors for Peace Event: 2. Cuban Scholars at Angela Gilliam's Maria Del Carmen: 3. Fernando Rameris de Estenoz on Cuba to Tacoma
TV Cultura, Opiniao Nacional--Angela Gilliam w/Darchy Ribeiro in Brasilia
|1995 November 23|
Sex Trade Industry in Asia: Panel Discussion
1 dvd; alternate format: 2 dvcam cassettes
|1996 May 21|
Black Feminist Thought
Global Women's Issues: The Problen with Patronage: The Issues Reflected in Australia, Spain, Brazil, & South Africa
1 dvd; alternate format: 2 dvcam cassettes
|1999 March 29|
The Evergreen State College Graduation
|2001 June 15|
Angela Gilliam & Bettylou Valentine, Glen Anderson: Fellowship of Reconciliation TCTV
1 dvd; alternate format: 1 dvcam cassette
|2003 February 13|
Dean/Kucinich Panel Discussion: First Congressional Church of Bellvue, WA
1 dvd; alternate format: 1dvcam cassette
|2003 September 22|
Women of the Pacific
2 dvd; alternate format: 4 dvcam cassettes
Brazilian Interview with Angela Gilliam
Angela Gilliam @ Seattle Central Community College (on the Drug Trade)
Subseries II: Audio Recordings
This sub series consists of wave and MP3 audio files of interviews, lectures, panels and programs documenting professional activities of Angela Gilliam from 1980 to 1993. Audio material in Portuguese is noted at the sub-subseries level. The audio recordings were copied by the archives and the originals were returned to Angela Gilliam.
Sub-subseries I: Palestine trip
This sub-subseries consists of MP3 and wave audio files documenting interviews, the Palestine Women's lecture and Angela Gilliam's trip to Palestine in general in 1988.
Gaza visit (part 1 and 2)
Explanation report on Palestine trip
|1988 February 25|
Palestine Women's lecture 01 and 02
|1988 February 23|
Sub-subseries II: Papua New Guinea trip
This sub-subseries consists of wave and MP3 audio files documenting interviews from Angela Gilliam's trip to Papua New Guinea in 1986.
Sub-subseries III: Portuguese interviews
This sub-subseries consists of wave and MP3 audio files documenting interviews in portuguese from 1993 to 1994.
|1992 June 26|
|1994 October 29|
Romona #1 and #2 and side 2
|1987 March 9, 1987 March 10|
Zualdo & Helena Teodoro at home inrio de Janeiro
|1993 August 20|
Sao Paulo (Brazil interview side 2)
Sub-subseries IV: Black and Jews Conference at The Evergreen State College
This sub-subseries consists of wave audio files documenting the Black and Jews Conference at The Evergreen State College in 1993.
Blacks and Jews conference 01
Blacks and Jews conference 02-Leon Bass
Blacks and Jews conference 03-Karen Sachs
Blacks and Jews conference 04-Gilliam giving Gerald Hors paper, Glazier, Bond
Blacks and Jews conference 05-George Bond, Lily Goldman, Martin Bernal
Blacks and Jews conference 06-discussion
Sub-subseries V: The Evergreen State College Lectures
This sub-subseries consists of wave and MP3 audio files documenting program lectures at The Evergreen State College.
Week 8 Program lecture 01
Week 8 Program lecture 02
Sub-subseries VI: WBAI interviews
This sub-series consists of wave and MP3 audio files documenting interviews from WBAI, a free speech radio station (Pacifica radio 99.5 FM in New York City, including many from "Every Woman's Space" a radio program hosted by Angela Gilliam. The date range for these audio files is 1980 to 1993.
Benjamin, Monroe, Rosenthal, Thomas, Gilliam, Rosenberg, Smalls, et. al.
|1993 September 29|
Black Athena interview 01-Sam Anderson Black Athena
Gilliam et. al. -WBAI Blacks and Jews 01-WBAI Program
Gilliam, Angela: Every Woman's Space 8th in Series 01 Leith Mullings - Anthropologist
Gilliam, Angela: Every Woman's Space June 6-11th in Series 01-Growing up Black, Hispanic, and Asian in New York
Gilliam, Angela: Interview with Francis [Volto] Journalist; side 1 - 1
Gilliam, Angela: Interview with Lilly Golden (Russian Black) 01 track 1 and track 2
Gilliam, Angela: WBAI Africa Report 01-Pendukeni Kaulinge
|1983 August 25|
Gilliam, Angela: WBAI New York; Every Woman's Space 1983-01-Labor Day Special Vinie Burrows
Gilliam, Angela: WBAI New York; Every Woman's Space-special part 2 01- Nawal El Saadawi
Gilliam, Angela: WBAI special report-Alimenta and Ann Bishop
Gilliam, Angela: WBAI Women in the World in the 1980's-01-Lidy Nacapil-Phillipines Womens Coalition
|1985 June 19|
Gilliam, Angela: Women in the World in the 1980's-01-Fatima Meer-June 3-South Africa-Apartheid
Gilliam, Angela: Women in the World in the 1980's-01- Interview with Malicca Vajrathon
Gilliam, Angela: Women in the World in the 1980's-01- Interview with Modjeska Simkins
|1984 May 20|
Urdang, Stephanie and Gilliam, Angela-WBAI -pt 02 African independence movements
|1984 October 10|
White, Bernard-WBAI-New York Emanations-01-Rigaberta Menchu-Guatamala; Interpreted by Frank Larue
Sub-subseries VII: Miscellaneous Interviews
This sub-subseries consists of wave and MP3 audio files documenting various miscellaneous interviews by Angela Gilliam from 1983 to 1988.
AAAS-Human Values and Scientific Literacy-Leacock's multi-disciplinary Approach-01-89AAAS-33-1B part 2 John Steiner
Interview with Evelyn Hutchinson-Yale 11-6 & 7, 1987-01-Side 1
|1987 November 7|
Edwards, Harry pt 1 and pt 2
Modjeska Simkins-01-Side 1
|1984 May 20|
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz-01-Neggram Section III(Part C)
Rose Catching Side 1 & 2
|1987 July 5|
MorejonN-Cuban-Poet-Writer (April 1983)
Palcy Euzhan (04/10/1984) pt 1 & 2
|1984 April 10|
Saemala Francis interview pt 1 & 2
Worldview 3 soviet Lawyers pt 1 & 2
|1983 October 9, 1983 November 3|