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or gol·li·wogg  (gŏl′ē-wŏg′)
A doll fashioned in grotesque caricature of a black male.

[After Golliwog, a doll character in books by Bertha Upton (1849-1912), British-born American author, and her daughter, Florence Upton (1873-1922), American-born British illustrator.]


or gol•li•wog

(ˈgɒl iˌwɒg)

n. (sometimes cap.)
1. a grotesque black doll.
2. a grotesque person.
[1890–95; after the name of a doll in an illustrated series of children's books by Bertha Upton (d. 1912), U.S. writer, and Florence Upton (d. 1922), illustrator]
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Noun1.golliwogg - a grotesque black doll
doll, dolly - a small replica of a person; used as a toy
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Play is key to the origin of the three British series that Michelle Beissel Heath discusses in her essay: Florence Upton and Bertha Upton's Dutch Doll and Golliwogg books, Enid Blyton's initial Noddy books, and Allan Ahlberg's Happy Families series were all inspired by playthings encountered by the authors and in turn inspired the production of further goods.
Ya en 1908, Claude Debussy utilizo derivacion del ritmo de ragtime: El cakewalk, en Golliwogg Cake Walk de su Children's Corner y dos anos mas tarde en Le Menestrel.
Mozart and Haydn responded to the musical demands of their times by incorporating new rhythmic concepts in their music; Debussy, in his Golliwogg Cakewalk (1905), "bounces along in typical ragtime song with a syncopated melody in the right hand and 'um-pah' accompaniment on the left" (Southern 329).
In this article, I explore three British picture-book series for children through the lens of debates regarding quality, quantity, and consumerism that highlight some of the stakes involved in discussions of child citizenship today: Florence Upton and Bertha Upton's Dutch Doll and Golliwogg books, published between 1895 and 1909; Enid Blyton's initial Noddy books, published between 1949 and 1963; and Allan Ahlberg's Happy Families series, published between 1980 and 1997.
Nationless" Citizenship in the Uptons' Dutch Dolls/ Golliwogg Series
Setting up her argument, Bernstein offers a historical summary of Raggedy Ann, including its literary coproduction as a "book-and-doll combination" (150), (1) a "racial genealogy of cuddly dolls" (153), and a summary of the features that Raggedy Ann borrows from Topsy, Scarecrow, and the Golliwogg (most significant of which would be their "imperviousness to pain" and "tendency toward benign mischief" [181]).