Three Radical Women Writers: Class and Gender in Meridel Le Sueur, Tillie Olsen, and Josephine Herbst [NOOK Book]

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Combining biography, history, and literary theory, this work looks at three of the most significant women writers to emerge from American radicalism of the 1930s. Le Sueur, Olsen, and Herbst were influenced by the Communist movement of the time, but each also forged an independent vision of feminist socialist literary milieu. Drawing on Marxist and post-Marxist theory, and addressing the challenge of such new feminist theorists as Jean Bethke Elshtain, Roberts takes a theoretical approach that encompasses the ...
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Three Radical Women Writers: Class and Gender in Meridel Le Sueur, Tillie Olsen, and Josephine Herbst

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Combining biography, history, and literary theory, this work looks at three of the most significant women writers to emerge from American radicalism of the 1930s. Le Sueur, Olsen, and Herbst were influenced by the Communist movement of the time, but each also forged an independent vision of feminist socialist literary milieu. Drawing on Marxist and post-Marxist theory, and addressing the challenge of such new feminist theorists as Jean Bethke Elshtain, Roberts takes a theoretical approach that encompasses the social vision and feminist practice of the writers and places them in their historical, cultural, and social contexts. The study covers their lives from the turn of the century to the 1970s, with an emphasis on the 1930s; examines their views of the Cold War; links the three to the Progressive tradition; and analyzes their key literary works. Resources for analysis include historical and contemporary theory; excerpts from the radical press of the 1920s and 1930s; and primary materials from the writers themselves, including journals, notes, and unpublished archival materials.
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Looks at the work and lives of three of the most significant women writers of the American radical movement of the 1930s, Meridel Le Sueur, Tillie Olsen, and Josephine Herbst, drawing on Marxist and post-Marxist theory as well as new feminist theory. Analyzes their key literary works, and places the writers in their historical, cultural, and social contexts. Draws on excerpts from the radical press of the period, as well as journals and unpublished materials. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135023331
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Series: Gender and Genre in Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 825 KB

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Three Radical Women 1
Ch. 1 Marxism and the Feminine Utopia 15
Ch. 2 Delineating a Marxist Critique 27
Ch. 3 The Political Writings of Meridel Le Sueur 35
Ch. 4 Meridel Le Sueur's Feminist Sentence 53
Ch. 5 Tillie Olsen's Yonnondio: From the Thirties 73
Ch. 6 Tillie Olsen's Riddle 99
Ch. 7 Josephine Herbst: The Major Novels 119
Ch. 8 Josephine Herbst: Memory Speaks 151
Ch. 9 The Return to Nature: A Cross-Reading 175
Works Cited 195
Index 203
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