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

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"A Group of Their Own is the 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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir had argued that women's lack of access to literary training and support handicapped them as intellectuals in the public sphere. Adams (English, Loyola U.) chronicles the story of the first generation of US women who went to college toward careers as writers. Such notables as Pearl Buck, Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary McCarthy, Marianne Moore, and Eudora Welty (some pictured) formed their own groups, edited college papers, redefined women as writers, and innovated writing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791449356
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Before 1880, Through Excuses Only 1
Ch. 2 The College Literature and Writing Class 29
Ch. 3 Teachers and Students 61
Ch. 4 A Writing Career as Subject 99
Ch. 5 Continuing the Groups 113
Ch. 6 Redefinitions of Women Writers 153
Conclusion 183
Works Cited 187
Index 205
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