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
     
 

ISBN-10: 082046807X

ISBN-13: 9780820468075

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

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

Overview

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 Drawing on unpublished materials from the Mary McCarthy archives, Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics, and the Postwar Intellectual makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of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:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Modern American Literature Series
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
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
Conclusion108
Notes111
Bibliography125
Index137

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