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Marchalonis, Shirley. “Filming the Nineteenth Century: Little Women.” In Nineteenth-Century Women at the Movies: Adapting Classic Women’s Fiction to Film, edited by Barbara Tepa Lupack, 257-74. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1999.

This essay gives a comprehensive view of all the film adaptations of Little Women, comparing which aspects of the story were emphasized in each version, and what it says about the time period in which it was filmed.

Hollander, Anne. Feeding the Eye: Essays. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999.

The chapter “Little Women in the Movies” identifies the modern stereotypes or cliches that were applied to Alcott’s characters in the each adaptation and examines why the directors saw it necessary to add them to the story.

Keyser, Elizabeth Lennox. Little Women: A Family Romance. London: Twayne Publishers, 1999.

Keyser’s chapter “The Importance of the Work” shows how vividly each adaptation of Little Women represents the time in which it was made, focusing on the social and cultural aspects of each.

Hollander, Anne. “Portraying Little Women Through the Ages.” In Little Women and the Feminist Imagination: Criticism, Controversy, Personal Essays, edited by Janice M. Alberghene and Beverly Lyon Clark, 97-138. Psychology Press, 1999.

Hollander discusses the differences of style in George Cukor and Gillian Armstrong’s adaptations and their desire to “meet the hopes and expectations of a public newly conscious of the women’s issues raised by the novel” (128).

Wayne, Tiffany K. Women’s Roles in Nineteenth-Century America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.

This book encompasses all aspects of life – marriage, work, religion, education, politics, etc. – during the nineteenth century for different classes of women, from slaves to plantation mistresses.

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