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Reforming Fictions: Native, African, and Jewish American Women's Literature and Journalism in the Progressive Era
     

Reforming Fictions: Native, African, and Jewish American Women's Literature and Journalism in the Progressive Era

by Carol J. Batker
 

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Recovering a lost chapter of literary and political history, this fresh, multicultural reading of the work of women writers of the Progressive era situates their fiction in the context of their reform journalism and political activism.

As Native, African, and Jewish American women gained access to education, developed women's clubs, and joined political

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Recovering a lost chapter of literary and political history, this fresh, multicultural reading of the work of women writers of the Progressive era situates their fiction in the context of their reform journalism and political activism.

As Native, African, and Jewish American women gained access to education, developed women's clubs, and joined political organizations, they wrote to reform the nation, engaging themselves politically and creating a cross-cultural dialogue between journalism and fiction. Early in this century, writers such as Zitkala-Sa, Mourning Dove, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and Anzia Yezierska developed their writing careers through affiliations with reform organizations. They worked for Pan-Indianism, racial uplift, immigrant aid, or social welfare. Carol Batker explores the impact of their journalism and political work on their fiction. She demonstrates points of contact among these women that suggest mutual influence and conversations across racial and ethnic lines—revealing important historical antecedents to contemporary debates about multiculturalism in America.

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In the 1910s and 1920s, Batker argues, reform work and the political networks it created were the inspiration and the opportunity for women's journalistic and literary publishing. Following current criticism, she rejects the opposition between aesthetic and political concerns, and looks at periodical journalism as a textured dialogue that spoke to fiction in an intimate and influential exchange. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231118514
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/22/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Carol J. Batker publishes and teaches in Native American, African American, Jewish American, and women's studies.

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