A Group of Their Own: College Writing Courses and American Women Writers, 1880-1940

A Group of Their Own: College Writing Courses and American Women Writers, 1880-1940

by Katherine H. Adams
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791449351

ISBN-13: 9780791449356

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A fascinating story of the first generations of women who went to college to learn to be writers and then launched their careers writing poetry and prose.

A Group of Their Own is the fascinating story of the first generations of women who went to college to learn to be writers and then launched their careers writing poetry and prose. This unprecedented group

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A fascinating story of the first generations of women who went to college to learn to be writers and then launched their careers writing poetry and prose.

A Group of Their Own is the fascinating story of the first generations of women who went to college to learn to be writers and then launched their careers writing poetry and prose. This unprecedented group included Elizabeth Bishop, Ruby Black, Pearl Buck, Emma Bugbee, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, Mildred Gilman, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary McCarthy, Marianne Moore, Eudora Welty, and Margaret Walker.

This group was all about firsts. These women were among the first to attend college where they took a new array of writing classes in which students worked together in a workshop environment and extended this model of collaboration to campus clubs and publications. When they left college, they continued their new working methods by initiating and joining in a variety of activities such as mentorships, clubs, community theaters, and summer writing workshops. This expanded experience enabled them to move outside the restricted definitions of women’s career paths and writing projects, ultimately changing the definition of American writer and American writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791449356
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One
BEFORE 1880, THROUGH EXCUSES ONLY

Chapter Two
THE COLLEGE LITERATURE AND WRITING CLASS

Chapter Three
TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Chapter Four
A WRITING CAREER AS SUBJECT

Chapter Five
CONTINUING THE GROUPS

Chapter Six
REDEFINITIONS OF WOMEN WRITERS

Conclusion

Works Cited

Index

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