Elsie Clews Parsons: Inventing Modern Life / Edition 2

Elsie Clews Parsons: Inventing Modern Life / Edition 2

by Desley Deacon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226139085

ISBN-13: 9780226139081

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

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 fit the new century. From 1912, when she incorporated ethnographic data on upper-class New York into a series of tersely ironic books and…  See more details below

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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 fit 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 passionate 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' intellectual commitments to her extraordinary life experience. A wealth of correspondence and memoirs allows Deacon to vividly reconstruct Parsons' unconventional marriage, her intimate friendships, her ties to a burgeoning avant-garde, her wide-ranging travels, and 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' 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 19th-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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226139081
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
538
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
Preface
Prologue: Strength to Forget the Past1
Pt. 1Looking Forward
1The Young Adventuress11
2Travels of the Mind27
3The Experimental Life49
Pt. 2We Secessionists ...
4The Voyage Out75
5New Science97
6New Woman111
7New Marriage133
8Dear Propagandist145
9The End of the Conversation165
Pt. 3Trans-National America
10Saving Herself193
11The Other Continents among Us217
12Disciplinary Politics243
13Jessica at Fifty279
14Other Americas309
Pt. 4All Serene
15Elsie's Lifework - Con Amore343
16A Modernist Death365
Epilogue387
Notes393
Bibliography of Elsie Clews Parsons, 1896-1962485
Index501

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