restricted access "A Highly Satisfactory Chinaman": Orientalism and American Girlhood in Louisa May Alcott's Eight Cousins

Discussing "orientalism" in Eight Cousins, this essay investigates how Rose's encounters with foreign objects and others condition Rose to understand herself as both exoticized and superior. Linking the transition from girlhood to womanhood to the movement from excluded immigrant to American citizen, Eight Cousins explores female citizenship as a negotiation between assimilation and defiance of convention.