By Paula Rabinowitz
Two well-known novels bracket this study: Agnes Smedley's Daughters of Earth (1929) and Mary McCarthy's The Company She Keeps (1942). In all, Rabinowitz surveys more than forty novels of the period, many largely forgotten. Discussing these novels in the contexts of literary radicalism and of women's literary tradition, she reads them as both cultural history and cultural theory. Through a consideration of the novels as a genre, Rabinowitz is able to theorize about the interrelationship of class and gender in American culture.
Rabinowitz shows that these novels, generally dismissed as marginal by scholars of the literary and political cultures of the 1930s, are in fact integral to the study of American fiction produced during the decade. Relying on recent feminist scholarship, she reformulates the history of literary radicalism to demonstrate the significance of these women writers and to provide a deeper understanding of their work for twentieth-century American cultural studies in general.
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- Desire In Literature
- American Fiction--20th Century--History And Criticism
- Feminism And Literature--United States--History--20th Century
- Women And Literature--United States--History--20th Century
- Revolutionary Literature, American--History And Criticism
- American Fiction--Women Authors--History And Criticism
- Women Intellectuals In Literature
- Femininity In Literature
- Working Class In Literature