Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics, and the Postwar Intellectual (Modern American Literature Series)

Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics, and the Postwar Intellectual (Modern American Literature Series)

by Sabrina Fuchs Abrams
     
 

Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics, and the Postwar Intellectual is the first book to fully examine Mary McCarthy as a fiction writer and a cultural critic. With her sharp wit and critical eye, McCarthy offers a valuable perspective on the continuing debate over liberal values and the responsibility of the intellectual. As a Catholic woman from the

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Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics, and the Postwar Intellectual is the first book to fully examine Mary McCarthy as a fiction writer and a cultural critic. With her sharp wit and critical eye, McCarthy offers a valuable perspective on the continuing debate over liberal values and the responsibility of the intellectual. As a Catholic woman from the Northwest, McCarthy stands on the periphery of the largely Jewish, male-dominated New York intellectual scene. This marginalized identity shapes her satiric vision of postwar American culture and makes her a consummate critic of liberalism from within. Drawing on unpublished materials from the Mary McCarthy archives, Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics, and the Postwar Intellectual makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of one of America’s leading women intellectuals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820468075
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Modern American Literature Series
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Sabrina Fuchs Abrams holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She has published on Mary McCarthy and Hannah Arendt and is currently working on a study of female satirists in twentieth-century America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Mary McCarthy and her milieu1
1Identity on the margin : autobiographical writing14
2Gender and the novelist33
3The liberal cauldron : satire of the postwar intellectual54
4Playing Portia : political writing in the sixties and seventies74
5A testing of liberal values : the late fiction91

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