Women and Western American Literature

By Helen Winter Stauffer; Susan J. Rosowski | Go to book overview
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Jackson K. Putnam, "Historical Fact and Literary Truth: The Problem of Authenticity in Western American Literature", Western American Literature, 15 ( May, 1980), 18-23, has common-sense directives on this subject. He does not, however, discuss re-discovered history.
See Barbara Meldrum, "Images of Women in Western American Literature", The Midwest Quarterly, 17 (Spring, 1976), 252-267.
Nancy Cott, The Bonds of Womanhood: Woman's Spbere in New England, 1780-1835 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979). Another important study of women's bonding is Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, "The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth Century America", Signs, 2 (Autumn, 1975), 1-30. Similar work with westering women is found in Johnny Faragher and Christine Stansell, "Women and Their Families on the Overland Trail to California and Oregon, 1842- 1867", Feminist Studies, 2 ( 1975), 150-160; Johnny Faragher, Women and Men on the Overland Trail ( New York: Yale University Press, 1979); and Julie Roy Jeffrey, Frontier Women: The Transmississippi West, 1840-1880 ( New York: Hill and Wang, 1979).
See Barbara Berg, The Remembered Gate: Origins of American Feminism ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1978); Mary P. Ryan, Womanhood in America: From Colonial Times to the Present ( New York: Harper and Row, 1975); and Ryan, "The Power of Women's Networks: A Case Study of Female Moral Reform in Antebellum America", Feminist Studies, 5 ( 1979), 66-85.
The only published study of this phenomenon is Karen J. Blair, The Clubwoman as Feminist: True Womanhood Redefined, 1868-1914 ( New York: Holmes and Meier Publishing Inc., 1980).
See June O. Underwood, "Civilizing Kansas: Women's Organizations, 1880-1920", unpublished typescript, under the auspices of the Research institute on Women's Public Lives ( Ford Foundation), Lawrence,


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