The "hybrid hero" in western dime novels : an analysis of women's gender performance, dress, and identity in the Deadwood Dick series
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As rapid urbanization and growth in the 19th century pushed families westward, men and women often found themselves sharing in domestic and work-related activities. In turn, these changes in gender roles brought about attendant changes in norms for gendered dress behaviors, particularly for women. One valuable window into the lives of 19th century Americans can be found in the American dime novel. Though they are fictionalized accounts of western characters' exploits, dime novels are grounded in some historical fact, and thus, they can provide rich understanding of frontier life. Thus, this ...