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1. The Feminization of American Culture
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2. Early American Women Dramatists
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3. The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century
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4. Vamps & Tramps : New Essays
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7. The Great Women Superheroes
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8. Partisans : Marriage, Politics,
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9. The Writer on Her Work, Volume
10. American Women Writers: Bibliographical
11. Felicitous Space: Imaginative
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12. Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superheroes
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13. Black and White Women's Travel
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15. Claiming a Tradition: Italian
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1. The Feminization of American Culture
by Ann Douglas
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This classic of modern feminism is an ambitious attempt to trace certain present-day values back to cultural shifts of the 19th century. Historian Ann Douglas entwines the fate of American women, most notably those of the white middle class, with that of clergy marginalized by the rise in religious denominations and consequent dilution of their power base. No longer invited to wield influence in vital (some might say traditionally masculine) political and economic arenas, clergy were pushed toward more feminine spheres and rules of expression. Likewise, as growing numbers of middle-class white women lost their place as the indispensable center of household production, and many lower-class women became easily replaced industrial cogs, a none-too-subtle shift in perceptions about women's strengths and abilities occurred. Women lost voting rights and other legal privileges; barred from healing and midwifery, they were also less likely to appear in other increasingly male professions. Academies for wealthier girls imparted skills deemed to entice and soothe men without taxing supposedly tiny feminine brains; when Emma Willard offered geometry lessons to girls in the 1820s, one opponent harrumphed: "They'll be educating cows next." Douglas chronicles the rise of an overwhelmingly sentimental "feminization" of mass culture--in which writers of both sexes underscored popular convictions about women's weaknesses, desires, and proper place in the world--with erudite and well-argued scholarship. --Francesca Coltrera ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars masterly
One can only imagine the work that has gone into this staggering piece of intellectual history - whose axis is the unforeseeable and fateful rise of the female public in American intellectual life, and contemporaneously the collapse of the old, muscular style of Protestant religiosity and intellect - from the kind and number of sources the author uses. She has apparently trawled through reams and piles of obscure newspapers and magazines, familiarized herself with writing most of us would be glad to avoid, learned to distinguish the various strands of an intellectual and publishing life which is, to modern America, as alien as imperial China or early Sumer. The result is tremendous: not only a resurrection of a past age that does it honour and justice (if anything, one seems to perceive, in this female scholar, a certain sympathy - even nostalgia - for the utra-male, activist, iron-faced world of the old Puritan thinkers, post-Jonathan Edwards and his likes), but a flood of light on the origins of our (not exclusively American) world and society. This simply cannot be praised too much; future historians will not be able to prescind from it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a feminist polemic, nor "cultural criticism"
This is foremost a history, and has a focus rather more restricted than its title would suggest, surveying the careers and lives of thirty women and thirty (male) ministers involved in the "feminization" of northeastern Victorian America. The author convinced me in arguing for the significance of said feminization, but I felt burdened by all the biographical minutiae. One has to ignore reams of trivia to grasp the larger themes hinted at in the titles of the chapters (e.g., "The Escape From History," "The Domestication of Death). Where the author breaks the tedium with an impassioned commentary, she seems to be writing a different book altogether. But Douglas's treatment of the theme is original and even-handed, and her short biography of Margaret Fuller compensates for the tiresome church histories. ... Read more

2. Early American Women Dramatists 1775-1860 (Garland Studies in Amrican Popular History and Culture)
by Zoe Detsi-Diamanti
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3. The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
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Providing an overview of the history of writing by women in the period, this companion examines contextually the work of a variety of women writers, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rebecca Harding Davis and Louisa May Alcott. The volume provides several valuable tools for students, including a chronology of works and suggestions for further reading. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Caveat lector: do NOT buy this book
I began reading this book with great anticipation, looking forward to a pleasant evening learning more about a sadly-neglected subject; women's writing in 19th century America.

About two thirds down the first page of the historical timeline, one eyebrow went up. Three seconds later the other eyebrow joined the first eyebrow. By page 20 I was ready to ask for my money back.

This book is riddled with so many errors of fact, grammar and spelling (a character in one of Mrs. E.D. E. N. Southworth's novels is described as "fighting duals")that I can't believe it made it past the fact-checker and the copy-editor. I have to ask myself the question: If the editors couldn't be bothered to catch these minor, silly mistakes, how can I have any confidence that the rest of the information they are imparting is accurate?

Messrs Bauer and Gould should be ashamed of themselves for allowing such a slipshod piece of work to make it into print. ... Read more

4. Vamps & Tramps : New Essays
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Catlog: Book (1994-10-11)
Publisher: Vintage
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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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The bestselling author of Sexual Personae and Sex, Art, and American Culture is back with a fiery new collection of essays on everything from art and celebrity to gay activism, Lorena Bobbitt to Bill and Hillary. These essays have never appeared in book form, and many will be appearing in print for the first time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stimulating reading
This book was my introduction to Paglia. I had heard some press about her when "Sexual Personae" came out, but ignored it as being the usual hype. "Vamps and Tramps" changed my mind. In short, "Wow!" What an intellectual roller-coaster ride through the current landscape of gender and sexual politics. Fresh and brash, she challenges entrenched views, which are strongly held on campuses and in public today with little substantive challenge. I find the connections she makes with almost the entire cultural history of the western world truly wonderful: like a James Burke of pop culture. However, her breadth of coverage does do her in a little: in this book she calls for more rigor in the teaching of humanities in universities, but in another book (or was it an interview?) she praised Rush Limbaugh as being an original thinker. Nobody's perfect. Read this book!

3-0 out of 5 stars This review is actually rated at 2 1/2 stars
In other words, below average but not a complete waste of time. When I read Camille Paglia's first book, I felt a sense of intellectual and sexual liberation and excitement, as if she were speaking to a part of myself that had lain undiscovered and unexpressed. This book is a huge disappointment: a lame collection of celebrity-worshipping essays, followed by an entire section dedicated to cartoons and media references to her name. I was embarrassed for her after reading this book. Camille Paglia is a woman of formidable intellect, but for all she decries white-tower academia, she is and will always be a product of its privilege and exclusivity. She obviously longs to be a Keith Richards-esque outsider and continuously points out how her various employers have censored and blacklisted her, and I think her books (except for the first, which is a minor masterpiece) are an effort to enforce that image. However, being pro-pornography and pro-abortion aren't exactly revolutionary stages to take, no matter how much our Puritan culture would like people to believe that; rather, they seem a relapse into a very solipsistic, male-oriented world that Paglia is very much a part of--a Testosterone Valhalla in which all that is non-corporeal can be visualized and fetishized (a futile undertaking, if ever there was one!) I am still hopeful that Camille Paglia's next work will put this one to shame.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stale essays from a has-been
Paglia seemed like a big deal back in the early 90s, and she herself kept *claiming* to be a big deal, but her third book was this sloppy collection of ephemera, and in the ten years since she has done nothing worth noting (except maybe some Salon columns).

There are a few substantive essays here (though I no longer find them very compelling), but it's padded out with all sorts of minor writings she produced during the year or two after her second book made her famous. There are transcripts from her Crossfire appearances, a few silly advice columns she wrote - and a collection of every single cartoon that used her image or mentioned her. Normally, writers wait until they have made a really substantial achievement before they publish such minor stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars The world won't listen
Camille Paglia's image is a blessing and a curse. Like Chris Rock, she can get away with telling the truth about our repressed, hypersensitive culture. Unfortunately, her audience expects her to say shocking things, therefore her broadsides have lost some of their impact. Her enemies, the Mackinnons and Dworkins, won the culture wars long ago. Their beliefs are now written into law, taught in college and inscribed in police procedure manuals. Critics like Paglia are a recognized but ineffectual voice, easily dismissed by the establishment. For these reasons, Ms. Paglia's essays and journalistic pieces may be slightly disappointing. The interviews and transcripts, however, are the real pleasure; they recreate the "dissident feminist" at her fearless, truth-telling best.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pseudoscience
Camille Paglia is certainly entertaining, but her some of essays border on hysteria. Outside of universities and the press, PC lingo and thought is not as prevelant as imagines. Perhaps she has been spending a little too much time in the ivory towers she so detests.

Paglia criticizes gay men whose "knowledge of science could fit in a thimble" who support the genetic theory of homosexuality. Paglia then offers her own theory of homosexuality, but did she test her theory? No! She simply presents her theory as fact with no supporting evidence, statistics, or experiments. It is clear to me that Paglia has very little understanding of science herself.

The fact is that no one really knows what causes homosexuality, but the only way we will find out is through real scientific experiments, not anecdotal evidence that humanities scholars are so fond of. ... Read more

5. Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader (Wisconsin Studies in American Autobiography (Paper))
by Sidonie Smith, Julia Watson
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Women, Autobiography, Theory is the first comprehensive guide tothe burgeoning field of womens autobiography, drawing into one volumethe most significant theoretical discussions on womens life writing ofthe last two decades. The authoritative introduction by Sidonie Smithand Julia Watson surveys writing about womens lives from the womensmovement of the late 1960s to the present. It also relates theoreticalpositions in womens autobiography studies to postmodern,poststructuralist, postcolonial, and feminist analyses.The essaysfrom thirty-nine prominent critics and writers include many consideredclassics in this field. They explore narratives across the centuriesand from around the globe, including testimonios, diaries, memoirs,letters, trauma accounts, prison narratives, coming-out stories,coming-of-age stories, and spiritual autobiographies. A list of morethan two hundred womens autobiographies and a comprehensivebibliography of critical scholarship in womens autobiography provideinvaluable information for scholars, teachers, and readers.

Thereis no other reader like this one on theories of womens autobiography,despite the now wide-ranging approaches to this field. . . . It has themerit of combining within the genre of autobiography criticism many ofthe critical issues that have been paramount during the past twodecades, incorporating and going beyond what both feminism and culturalstudies have attempted. Important and timely.Franoise Lionnet,Northwestern University ... Read more

6. Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction
by Kay Mussell
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Catlog: Book (1981-12-23)
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"Anyone who has ever tried to assist a patron doing research in this field will welcome this bibliographic essay. . . . Most libraries will want and use this book." Library Journal ... Read more

7. The Great Women Superheroes
by Trina Robbins
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Fine Survey of Women Heroes
Trina Robbins puts her years of both comic professionalism and comic fandom to effective use in her survey of The Great Women Super Heroes. She begins in the Golden Age and ends in the mid-90's and is quite thorough. The concentration of the book is on the heroines of the golden age which should be interesting for most readers as this will be the least familiar period to many of them (and readers of other comic book histories will be surprised that there were so many women heroes fighting the good fight). The section that is the most fun, though, is the discussion of the silver age and the recent period as the author allows herself a little more room for editorializing rather than simply surveying and Ms. Robbins opinions are always worth the wait. This area could even be expanded to into a book in its own right. The book is amply and appropriately illustrated. This is a great book for anyone interested in comic books and their checkered history of portraying women. But most of all it is a fun, breezy read. ... Read more

8. Partisans : Marriage, Politics, and Betrayal among the New York Intellectuals
by David Laskin
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For the 25 years following its resurrection in 1937, PartisanReview reigned as New York's most influential intellectual journal, writes David Laskin in his group biography of its founders and core contributors. "The marriage of Marxism and modernism was not always a happy one ... but the magazine seemed to thrive on controversy, tension, upheaval, and dissent. High-toned, fiercely contentious, merciless, brilliant, rough, competitive and exclusive, PR was a world unto itself, both socially and intellectually." In Partisans: Marriage, Politics, and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals, Laskin focuses on an extraordinary quartet of women: Mary McCarthy, Jean Stafford, Elizabeth Hardwick, and Hannah Arendt. "They knew one another and they knew about one another; they read and reviewed one another; they measured with the exactness of peers and rivals one another's reputations, successes or failures in the marketplace, standing within the narrow yet tremendously significant world they shared." Drawing on their published works, letters, diaries, and recorded conversations to capture and convey the environment in which they lived and worked, the author presents a witty, racy, exhilarating world of passionate idealism, controversial politics, fiercely competitive writing, debate, art, and sex.

Key to understanding these tumultuous lives, Laskin believes, is recognizing that the women of the Partisan Review coterie were the last generation to come of age before the social and ideological revolution unleashed by feminism--and they never accepted the validity of "women's lib." Although they struggled desperately with their duty to protect the creative and thinking time of their Great Men husbands, and at the same time eke out time to work, it never occurred to them to question the justice or logic of the domestic arrangements they inhabited. And success often came at a terrible personal cost. Laskin quotes Delmore Schwartz: "All poets' wives have rotten lives." And, he adds, "when the poets' wives were themselves poets of some sort, their lives became 'rotten' in some truly strange and fascinating ways."

David Laskin writes about the New York intellectuals of the 1930s as if he'd known them--watched them found Partisan Review; drink themselves to blackout night after night; marry, support, divorce, criticize, and betray one another over three decades from a vantage point close enough for clarity but distant enough for fairness and thorough, well-disciplined research. He also definitively proves that gender need raise no barriers to insight and compassion for a writer with the requisite courage and imagination. His sympathy, respect, and admiration for his subjects shine through his book, and make the lives of these four women unforgettable. --Jan Bultmann ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars urban, upwardly mobile revolutionaries
It's not initially evident how Laskin chose these particular authors. Wilson, McCarthy, Tate, Stafford, Woodburn, Arendt. The common thread seems to have been their alliance to the Partisan Review, but politics was never the prime impetus in their lives. They might be best described as political arrivistes in a variety of left leaning shades. None of their work resorted, thankfully, to rigid polemics, and in later forms showed a decided skepticism of all dogma. They could not be described as a literary school, even with a vague commitment to a never fully articulated 'modernism'. These poets, novelists and social commentators had individual interests and styles, with no common overarching credo. Lowell's Catholicism somehow coexists with Wilson's avowed Marxism, with little tangible conflict. What you do find is a writer's clique, which at times seemed only an excuse to engage in an exuberant circus of multiple marriages, affairs, heavy drinking and bourgeois tastes. These are consummate social clubbers, actuated by a discriminating sense of membership. A club founded, no doubt, on prodigious writing talent, but seemingly searching more for the legitimacy of membership than an invigorating intellectual culture.

The style of the book is gossipy but energetic. Its aspirations are more to the interplay of personalities than the literary output. Laskin still manages a coherent critique of the major works, but his intent does not provide for much depth to the analysis. The times form an interesting period in American letters, still very much in the thrall of the late 19th Century romantic idealism, but in a society on the verge of massive social change, for better or worse. All aspired to stable marriage, but systematically destroyed relationships through petty cruelties and mutual infidelity. Laskin focuses primarily on the women and their relationships with their husbands or lovers. They desperately sought independent identities yet were inculcated with traditional ideas of roles. Their revolutionary zeal muted by conventional expectations. Simon De Beavoir's ground breaking treatise on feminism, The Second Sex, could still bring howls of derision and charges of flagrant denial of a natural order from them. They lamented shrillness and superficial icons of the bourgeoning women's movement. Unsurprisingly, this all produced a cynical edge in their writing. Laskin paints a vivid picture of the New York Literary scene of the 30's and 40's, arrogantly dismissive of American customs, and yet forever defined by the mores of the society against which they rebelled. It is not always a pretty picture, as a dimly perceived hypocrisy tinges their lives, along with the attendant profligacy, alcoholism, spousal abuse, and manic depression so seemingly entrenched in literary lifestyles. The book, though, is an insightful social looking glass, a page turner, and a good companion to his subject's writings.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Juicy Tabloid Read for The Few Intellectuals Who Care
It's hard now to imagine a world in which anyone paid this kind of attention to celebrities who weren't in the movies and couldn't dribble. But I found this book a delightful, if not particularly self-improving romp through the gossip of a vanished age.

The drinking! The seriousness about ideas especially politics! The promiscuity! The casualness with which poets and "poor" writers acquire antique homes in Connecticut and Maine, to say nothing of duplex apartments in mid-town New York!

The author, who writes with a female sensibility under a male name, does a very good job of portraying the frightening way in which physical and emotional abuse were accepted as just part of a normal marriage in the period before the emergence of true Feminism in the 1970s. His book reminds me of why I can never share Generation X's nostalgia for the 1950s. It was a terrible time to be female. Partisans makes it clear that even the female intellectual superstars portrayed in its pages had to put up with far more suffereing in terms of abuse, sexual infidelity, and having to do all the housework even when you were a world famous (woman) writer than any one of us would tolerate today.

Definitely worth reading!

2-0 out of 5 stars Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink: David Laskin Among the Intellos
David Laskin's journalistic and scatter-shot approach to this group of significant American intellectuals is disappointing. The emphasis is on anecdotes rather than motives, psychology, ideas, or works created. The book is lightly documented, and if you already know anything about the individual writers or the movements they were part of, you'll look in vain for new insights. It's certainly readable, but because it treats the subjects with so little context, the reader wonders after a bit why one should care about these folk, who sound more like a bunch of dysfunctional celebrities of the nineties than the defining minds of a complex and fascinating historical era.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious! Literary gossip with spirit, wit and insight
I just loved this book. The miracle that David Laskin has performed is managing so much biographical information on so many diverse and original characters, and making them live so vividly as individuals.How could it be that these women -- Hardwick, McCarthy, Arndt, Jean Stafford --- could have such first rate minds yet be so dismissive of feminism? What a wonderful, complex intellectual-historical question and what a good job Laskin does of answering it. They were all, of course, male identified, to use the modern parlance and it was this that liberated them to act as men and to write in the muscular way of men, and this was probably necessary to free them of the chains of their cultural "femininity." Thanks for this wonderful book, which feels perfectly necessary to the understanding of how we've got where we are today.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner
This is a startling and fascinating group biography. Partisans describes how many of the leading women writers from the 1930s to 60s -- people like Mary McCarthy and Elizabeth Hardwick -- argued, slept, partied, married and divorced their ways through the literary, political and gender battles of the times. Laskin describes the intersecting lives of these witty, rebellious people, both women and men, with respect but makes it clear how weirdly human and fouled up many of them were. One of his most interesting points is how these women were sort of proto-feminists, though most of them would deny it until their dying days. A great read! A great reading group book! ... Read more

9. The Writer on Her Work, Volume 1
by Janet Sternberg
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Catlog: Book (2000-06)
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Published to high praise--"groundbreaking . . . a landmark" (Poets and Writers)--this was the first anthology to celebrate the diversity of women who write. Seventeen novelists, poets, and writers of nonfiction explore how they have become writers, why they write, and what it means to be a woman and a writer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection
As a young writer, Janet Sternburg searched for a book about woman writers: how they came to be, how they viewed their lives, how they treated their work. It was the seventies and none existed, so she put together The Writer on Her Work and it was published in 1981 - a book featuring women writing about writing. This year marks its anniversary (thus, the new edition) with a touching preface by Julia Alvarez, plus an updated introduction and bios of the 17 women who contributed to the landmark collection. Established, unknown and up-and-coming writers of the time - including Maxine Hong Kingston, Joan Didion and Alice Walker - reflect on writing and lives as writers, through heartfelt and sometimes hilarious commentary. The value of this book is reading how these women, writing in different genres, pursued their passion in the face of opposition. Whether that opposition took on the form of household responsibilities, writer's block, dissenting peers or a male-dominated marketplace, it's interesting tackling the dilemma through their eyes and in that time; making a place for themselves, and their work, discovering in that world, she dominates. This speaks to the heart of the book, a community of women's voices, whether alive or deceased, writing because they had to, sharing profound experiences and reflections on being a woman creating. The Writer on Her Work offers diverse personalities expressing their romance with words, also acknowledging the ups and downs that come with that relationship. Each essay is an inspiring testament to the continuing struggle and undeniable beauty of the female spirit in print.

5-0 out of 5 stars Important Essays, Important Themes
I've loved this book since 1980, when I bought a copy and read it and lent it and recommended it many times over since then. This new edition is even better. The pieces, personal and trenchant, ingeniously selected by Sternburg over twenty years ago, have withstood the test of time.

There is deep feeling, variety, astonishing articulation of complex things, and warmth and humor in these essays. Many of the writers fight to write, and show us their battle plans. It's inspiring and encouraging, and sometimes it's sad. Some - I am thinking of young writer Michele Murray, who struggled against terrible odds - are heartbreaking. Anne Tyler's darkly humorous recitation of her typical working day, "Still Just Writing," is a classic. Alice Walker's essay, "One Child of One's Own" speaks to motherhood, and its fragile but undeniable relationship to a writing life.

The new Preface, by Dominican-born Vermonter Julia Alvarez, is touching and insightful and very personal - in keeping with the rest of the book - and speaks to the concerns of the essays. Sternberg has also edited her orignal Introduction, and updated the contributors' notes at the book's end.

Without question I'd recommend this wonderful book to anyone interested in reading women on the process of writing, the art of memoir, and the considered and considerably interesting opinions of a group of very wonderful writers. ... Read more

10. American Women Writers: Bibliographical Essays
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"These bibliographical essays are geared for scholars and discuss 24 writers. . . . Excellent, readable, [and] useful." Choice ... Read more

11. Felicitous Space: Imaginative Structures of Edith Wharton and Willa Cather
by Judith Fryer
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12. Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superheroes
by Lillian S. Robinson
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Drawing upon her long career as a formidable feminist critic yet wearing her knowledge lightly, Lillian Robinson finds the essence of wonder women in our non-animated three-dimensional world. This book will delight and provoke anyone interested in the history of feminism or the importance of comics in contemporary life. ... Read more

13. Black and White Women's Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations
by Cheryl J. Fish
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Cheryl J. Fish argues that the concept of mobility offers a significant paradigm for reading literature of the United States and the Americas in the antebellum period, particularly for women writers of the African diaspora. Charting journeys across nations and literary traditions, she examines works by three undervalued writers--Mary Seacole, an Afro-Jamaican; Nancy Prince, an African American from Boston; and Margaret Fuller, a white New Englander and Transcendentalist--in whose lives mobility, travel literature, and benevolent work all converge.

Refiguring the forms of domesticity, they traveled to the outposts of conflict and imperial expansion--colonial crossroads in Panama, Tsarist Russia, the Crimean War front, the U.S. frontier, and Jamaica after emancipation--and worked as healers, educators, and reformers. Each writer blended themes from exploration literature and various autobiographical genres to reconfigure racial and national identities and to issue a call for social action. They intervened strategically into discourses of medicine, education, religion, philanthropy, and emigration through a shifting and mobile subjectivity, negotiating relationships to various institutions, persons, and locations.

For each woman, travel removed her from the familiar and placed her in a position of risk, "out-of-bounds," emotionally or physically. Seeking their own vision of the territories, they came to see themselves as citizens of the world, deeply involved in the causes they witnessed. As Fish documents, their desire to improve the quality of life for oppressed and wounded peoples distinguishes their works from other popular travel writers of the time.

Drawing upon unpublished archival material such as letters, journals, and abolitionist periodicals, Fish incorporates print culture and theory into her discussion. She also examines historical accounts of the events and places with which these women were associated. She describes how Prince draws on the Bible and missionary discourse to make corrective readings of emigration policy and the lives of former slaves; Seacole appropriates the picaresque to embed her knowledge of Afro-Jamaican and Western medical tradition, and Fuller combines Romanticism and a fascination with racial science in her analysis of the American Midwest and in her evolving feminist critique. While writing in the popular 19th-century genre of the travelogue, Fish says, these black and white women were able to talk back, make and lose money, challenge stereotypes, and inform and entertain people with their adventures and benevolent work. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mobile Subjects in a Dynamic Age
With its unassuming title, Cheryl Fish's examination of travel narratives by three mid-nineteenth century women might seem of interest only to specialists. Yet by interweaving historical contextualization, attentive close reading, and theoretical agility, Fish at once reveals the intriguing tensions and assertions to be found in texts that have been dismissed as extraliterary, marginal, or dry. More important, Fish reaches beyond current critical clich├ęs to construct richly textured, nuanced portraits of nineteenth century female identities-- identities that, while circumscribed by economic and ideological limitations, comprised genius, resistance, and astonishing adventures.
The three authors Fish discusses, Nancy Prince, Mary Seacole, and Margaret Fuller, led exceptional lives for their times. Fuller participated in Boston's predominantly masculinized circle of Transcendentalists. Nancy Prince, a Massachusetts-born African American, moved as a newlywed to St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lived for nine years; upon her return to the United States she relocated to Jamaica to establish a mission school. Mary Seacole, the daughter of a Jamaican Creole mother and a Scottish father, traveled as a "doctress"or professional healer to Panama and the Crimea. Yet although these experiences were hardly typical of nineteenth-century women, Fish demonstrates that the juxtapositions and dislocations produced by their unusual mobility and their complex racial and social identities were paradoxically representative, epitomizing "mobile subjectivity"in an era of more general mobility and flux.
In marked contrast to critics who equate literary greatness with anachronism, Fish situates the texts within-not above or beyond-mainstream nineteenth-century discourse. Drawing on a remarkable range of historical sources, Fish traces each author's location amid genres often unappreciated by more recent critics, including the conversion narrative, theological and domestic instructional literature. The narratives participate in and diverge from generic conventions in fascinating ways: Prince's domesticized spiritual memoir "negotiate[s] with the white cult of true womanhood" to legitimize her activity outside the boundaries of the home; Seacole merges the persona of "the picara-heroine," roving the world in search of adventure, with the more socially palatable icon of the "ministering angel" nursing soldiers; the more privileged Fuller incorporates the rapidly gelling tropes of nineteenth-century tourism into her introspective representations of the Great Lakes and Niagara.
Historical contextualization is complemented by Fish's sensitive attention to each author's language, even-perhaps especially-when the text might seem skimpy or inexpressive. Fish single-handedly redeems the sexualized interpretation of feminist critics of the 1980s in her flat-outwonderful analysis of Fuller's description of Niagara Falls, foregrounding Fuller's wild tangle ofimages connoting both gender and sexuality. But Fish is just as appreciative of Prince's and Seacole's less eroticized narratives, scrupulously noting both their repeated motifs and provocative lacunae to illuminate Prince's haunting evocation of "the body in pain," and Seacole's "witty dialectic between imperial conflict and the power of woman to heal." The recovery of these suppressed voices and their relationship to the dynamic and fascinating age that produced them is aunique gift offered by an insightful and generous literary scholar. ... Read more

14. Labor Pains: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Alcott on Work and the Woman Question (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory)
by Carolyn R. Maibor
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: Routledge
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This book explores the importance of work and its role in defining and developing the self. Maibor reveals how the writings of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Alcott delve into notions of equality through this emphasis on labor. In doing so she challenges the traiditional view of Emerson as unconcerned with societal issues, and opens the work of Hawthorne and Alcott to new feminist readings. ... Read more

15. Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers (Ad Feminam)
by Mary Jo Bona
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr (Tx)
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16. Katie's Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community
by Katie Geneva Cannon
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Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
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5-0 out of 5 stars a pleasure to read
This book is a classic. It is a must have for any religion student, women's studies major or African American studies major. Dr. Cannon's writing is beautifully poetic and extremely intellectually stimulating. Her work is rooted in social ethics and deeply sensitive to race, class and gender struggles on multiple levels. As a former student of the author I can also say that this book mirrors her dynamic teaching style of presenting an issue- like an onion peeling back the layers leaving the reader thirsting for more information resulting in tangeting research endeavors, conversations with others and probing for how similar contemporarious issues are developing in modern society right down to local level. I read this book cover to cover and would recommend it highly to anyone who encounters it. They will walk away with a gift only Dr Cannon could give. She is a profound ethicist and gifted educator who ministers to the call for social justice with passion and has the ability to make you think harder than you ever have before. Her book accomplishes this task and her grasp of language and critical concepts pushes the reader to wrap their brain around ideas and statements in a way that will forever change how one digests the written word. ... Read more

17. "Saddling La Gringa": Gatekeeping in Literature by Contemporary Latina Writers (Contributions in Women's Studies)
by Phillipa Kafka
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Publisher: Greenwood Press
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Latina writers are often sensitive to the discrimination faced by Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Latinas are additionally oppressed because of their gender--because they are women, they hold a subordinate position in Latino culture. This book gives special attention to the role of female cultural "gatekeepers" in novels by contemporary Latina writers. These gatekeepers enforce and perpetuate patriarchal cultural constraints onto future generations of Latinas. The book begins by examining Judith Ortiz Cofer's Silent Dancing, a work which clearly illustrates the role of gatekeepers in perpetuating gendered power relations. It then turns to the works of Christina Garcia, Julia Alvarez, Rosario Ferre, and Magali Garcia Ramis. ... Read more

18. New Latina Narrative: The Feminine Space of Postmodern Ethnicity
by Ellen McCracken
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Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
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19. Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl : New Critical Essays (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)
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Catlog: Book (1996-02-23)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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20. Middlebrow Moderns: Popular American Women Writers of the 1920s
by Lisa Botshon, Meredith Goldsmith
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Northeastern University Press
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Critics often define the modernist period as the dichotomy between the high culture of edgy literary experimentation and the low culture of dime store novels, gritty detective stories, and other genre fiction, dismissing the significant group of American women writers who negotiated the delicate balance between critical and commercial success.Burdened with the derogatory label "middlebrow" by the literary elite, these authors of popular fiction nevertheless wrote scores of bestsellers, won awards, and had their works adapted into major Hollywood films.

The unique contribution of these "middlebrow moderns" to early twentieth-century culture is now explored in this pathbreaking collection of original articles.Examining women writers from diverse backgrounds and works from a broad range of media, including literature, magazines, book clubs, advertising, radio, and film, the essayists show how authors such as Winnifred Easton, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, Anita Loos, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Edna Ferber, and Fannie Hurst bridged gaps in an audience increasingly fragmented by economic, racial, ethnic, and regional differences.

A valuable addition to American literary studies, cultural studies, and women's history, ‘Middlebrow Moderns’ also illuminates today's gendered culture wars. ... Read more

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