Elsie Clews Parsons: Inventing Modern Life / Edition 2

Elsie Clews Parsons: Inventing Modern Life / Edition 2

by Desley Deacon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226139077

ISBN-13: 9780226139074

Pub. Date: 05/15/1997

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Elsie Clews Parsons was a relentlessly modern woman. A pioneering feminist, an eminent anthropologist, an ardent social critic, she challenged Americans to develop flexible and dynamic gender, family and social arrangements that fitted the new century. From 1912, when she incorporated ethnographic data on upper class New York into a series of tersely ironic books and

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Elsie Clews Parsons was a relentlessly modern woman. A pioneering feminist, an eminent anthropologist, an ardent social critic, she challenged Americans to develop flexible and dynamic gender, family and social arrangements that fitted the new century. From 1912, when she incorporated ethnographic data on upper class New York into a series of tersely ironic books and articles, Parsons brought to anthropology a desire to educate the public to accept and welcome sexual and social diversity. Desley Deacon's vibrant and richly detailed biography examines the powerful connections linking Parsons's intellectual commitments to her extraordinary life experience. A wealth of correspondence and memoirs allows Deacon to vividly reconstruct Parsons's unconventional marriage, her intimate friendships, her ties to a burgeoning avant-garde, her bitter attempts to escape the stifling conventions of New York's social elite--in short, all of her efforts to overcome gender biases in both academia and society. There is an immediacy to Parsons's struggles, a context to her modernism, and an urgency to her message. Her remarkable intensity compelled her to redefine the social and sexual values of her day, to explore gender roles in other cultural settings, and to thoroughly detonate, through word and deed, entrenched nineteenth-century conceptions of women, civilization, and morality.

In Elsie Clews Parsons, Deacon has fashioned a deeply insightful portrayal of an uncommon woman with the uncommon courage to radically reconstruct sexual identity, for herself and for the modern age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226139074
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/1997
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series, #1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
538
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
Preface
Prologue: Strength to Forget the Past
Part One: Looking Forward
1. The Young Adventuress
2. Travels of the Mind
3. The Experimental Life
Part Two: We Secessionists...
4. The Voyage Out
5. New Science
6. New Woman
7. New Marriage
8. Dear Propagandist
9. The End of the Conversation
Part Three: Trans-National America
10. Saving Herself
11. The Other Continents among Us
12. Disciplinary Politics
13. Jessica at Fifty
14. Other Americas
Part Four: All Serene
15. Elsie's Lifework—Con Amore
16. A Modernist Death
Epilogue by Catherine R. Stimpson
Notes
Abbreviations
Archival and Oral History Sources
Bibliography of Elsie Clews Parsons, 1896-1962
Index

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