WORD Presents Maria Teresa Hart

10/25/2022 - 7:00pm

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About the Book

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

The haunted doll has long been a trope in horror movies, but like many fears, there is some truth at its heart. Dolls are possessed-by our aspirations. They're commonly used as a tool to teach mothering to young girls, but more often they are avatars of the idealized feminine self. (The word doll even acts as shorthand for a desirable woman.) They instruct girls what to strive for in society, reinforcing dominant patriarchal, heteronormative, white views around class, bodies, history, and celebrity, in insidious ways. Girls' dolls occupy the opposite space of boys' action figures, which represent masculinity, authority, warfare, and conflict. By analyzing dolls from 17th century Japanese Hinamatsuri festivals, to the '80s American Girl Dolls, and even to today's bitmoji, "Doll" reveals how the objects society encourages us to play with as girls shape the women we become.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.


About the Author

Maria Teresa Hart is a writer, editor, and dulce-de-leche addict. Her articles and essays have appeared in T he New York TimesThe AtlanticVoxThe Washington PostTeen Vogue, and other outlets. As an editor, Maria has worked for various publishers, including Penguin Random House, BenBella Books, and Bloomsbury. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner David and spends her free time googling facts about dormice.


In Conversation With

Court Stroud is a writer, media strategy consultant and executive coach who has worked at Univision, Telemundo, Azteca, CBS and several startups. Founder of consulting practice The Cledor Group, Stroud helps companies navigate today’s tumultuous media landscape in traditional and emerging media, as well as assists leaders in reaching their professional and personal goals.


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Doll (Object Lessons) By Maria Teresa Hart, Ian Bogost (Editor), Christopher Schaberg (Editor) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501380860
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - November 3rd, 2022

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

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