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This critical, historical, and theoretical study looks at a little-known group of novels written during the 1930s by women who were literary radicals. Arguing that class consciousness was figured through metaphors of gender, Paula Rabinowitz challenges the conventional wisdom that feminism as a discourse disappeared during the decade. She focuses on the ways in which sexuality and maternity reconstruct the "classic" proletarian novel to speak about both the working-class woman and the radical female intellectual.

Two well-known novels bracket this study: Agnes Smedley's Daughters of Earth (1929) and Mary McCarthy's The Company She Keeps (1942). In all, Rabinowitz surveys more than forty novels of the period, many largely forgotten. Discussing these novels in the contexts of literary radicalism and of women's literary tradition, she reads them as both cultural history and cultural theory. Through a consideration of the novels as a genre, Rabinowitz is able to theorize about the interrelationship of class and gender in American culture.

Rabinowitz shows that these novels, generally dismissed as marginal by scholars of the literary and political cultures of the 1930s, are in fact integral to the study of American fiction produced during the decade. Relying on recent feminist scholarship, she reformulates the history of literary radicalism to demonstrate the significance of these women writers and to provide a deeper understanding of their work for twentieth-century American cultural studies in general.

About the Author

Paula Rabinowitz is professor of English at the University of Minnesota. Her works include They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary and Writing Red: An Anthology of American Women Writers, 1930-1940 (co-edited with Charlotte Nekola).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807843321
Author:
Rabinowitz, Paula
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
Desire in literature
Subject:
Radicalism in literature.
Subject:
Working class in literature.
Subject:
Femininity in literature.
Subject:
Depressions in literature.
Subject:
Women intellectuals in literature.
Subject:
Revolutionary literature, American
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
gender; feminism; maternity; Agnes Smedley; Daughters of Earth; Mary McCarthy; The Company She Keeps; women s literary tradition
Subject:
Feminist fiction, American
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Maternity
Subject:
Agnes Smedley
Subject:
Daughters of Earth
Subject:
Mary McCarthy
Subject:
The Company She Keeps
Subject:
women s literary tradition
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Dau
Subject:
ghters of Earth
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Gender and American Culture Paperback
Series Volume:
9300
Publication Date:
December 1991
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
8.96x5.86x.66 in. .79 lbs.

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