Disclosing Intertextualities: The Stories, Plays, and Novels of Susan Glaspell

Disclosing Intertextualities: The Stories, Plays, and Novels of Susan Glaspell

Disclosing Intertextualities: The Stories, Plays, and Novels of Susan Glaspell

Disclosing Intertextualities: The Stories, Plays, and Novels of Susan Glaspell

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For the first time, this volume brings together essays by feminist, Americanist, and theater scholars who apply a variety of sophisticated critical approaches to Susan Glaspell's entire oeuvre. Glaspell's one-act play, Trifles, and the short story that she constructed from it, A Jury of Her Peers, have drawn the attention of many feminist critics, but the rest of her writing-the short stories, plays and novels-is largely unknown. The essays gathered here will allow students of literature, women's studies and theater studies an insight into the variety and scope of her oeuvre.

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Martha C. Carpentier and Barbara Ozieblo

This collection of essays by an international group of scholars calls attention to the whole of Susan Glaspell's oeuvre, moving beyond the feminist search for literary mothers and the struggle to make known women writers who were silenced by the patriarchal canon that has typified Glaspell scholarship since the late 1970s. This struggle has borne its fruit, resulting in several landmark studies that reevaluate Glaspell's life, her innovative contributions to American theater, her place in the cultural and social milieu of her time, and her career as a novelist. Today Glaspell's one-act play, Trifles, and the short story that she constructed from it, "A Jury of Her Peers," have been so widely anthologized that her name has become an integral part of the American literary canon; however, as is typical of the absorption of women writers into a still largely patriarchal canon, her reputation has remained limited to these two short works. In fact, Glaspell's remarkable achievement embraces over fifty short stories published by the popular and literary journals of her day, fourteen plays produced off-Broadway and on, and published in influential theater journals and collections, and nine novels, many of which reached best-selling lists and were critically acclaimed in England and America. For the first time, this

Three are by authors represented in this volume, including Barbara Ozieblo's
Susan Glaspell: A Critical Biography, Chapel Hill: The University of North
Carolina Press, 2000; Martha Carpentier's The Major Novels of Susan Glaspell,
Gainesville: The University Press of Florida, 2001; and Linda Ben-Zvi's Susan
Glaspell: Her Life and Times
, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. See also
J. Ellen Gainor's Susan Glaspell in Context: American Theater, Culture, and
Politics, 1915–48
, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2001 and Cheryl
Black's The Women of the Provincetown, Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama
Press, 2002.

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