Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine

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Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine is an original contribution to traditional Dos Passos scholarship, which tends to focus on the author's political agenda. In this book, Janet Galligani Casey takes a cultural studies approach that situates both the author and his finest fiction in relation to representations and theorizations of gender in the 1920s and 1930s. Its primary focus is the manner in which Dos Passos responded to prevalent ideas about the feminine, as well as the effect of such ideas on his ...
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Overview

Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine is an original contribution to traditional Dos Passos scholarship, which tends to focus on the author's political agenda. In this book, Janet Galligani Casey takes a cultural studies approach that situates both the author and his finest fiction in relation to representations and theorizations of gender in the 1920s and 1930s. Its primary focus is the manner in which Dos Passos responded to prevalent ideas about the feminine, as well as the effect of such ideas on his reputation.
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"Carefully researched and very well written, this is a welcome addition to Dos Passos scholarship." Choice

"Casey's book offers...a model for analyzing 'the multiple and often conflicting strains' of ideology that inform Dos Passos's major works and continue to shape his literary reputation." Mark Eaton, Modern Fiction Studies

"Casey's book provides a strikingly new...explanation for the peculiar fate of Dos Passos' literary reputation. Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine is an enormous contribution to Dos Passos scholarship....scholarship will be indebted to [Casey] for this groundbreaking study." Seth Moglen, John Dos Passos Newsletter

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Editorial Note
Introduction 1
1 Critical Legacies: Literary, Political, Personal 18
I Rhetorical Intersections: Modernism and Proletarianism 21
II Private Statements, Public Constructs 42
2 Framing the Issues: The Feminine in the Early Fiction 59
3 Manhattan Transfer and "The Center of Things" 99
4 Ideology, the Feminine, and U.S.A. 131
I Perspectives: The Newsreel, the Biography, and the Camera Eye 136
II The Whole: Conflict and Synthesis 155
Afterword: Interpretations and Agendas 176
Notes 193
Works Cited 215
Index 227
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