American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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Women writers have been traditionally excluded from literary canons, not until recently have scholars begun to rediscover or discover neglected women writers and their works. This reference includes alphabetically arranged entries on 58 American women authors who wrote between 1900 and 1945, a period that embraces two major artistic movements, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a review of the author's critical reception, and extensive primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume reflects the diversity of American culture through its coverage of African American, Native American, Mexican American, and Chinese American women writers.

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Women writers historically have been denied respectable literary voices through such means as unequal publishing opportunities and biased readings of the limited number of works published. Lack of opportunities for education, along with social expectations that required women to perform unpaid household labor, also has discouraged women artists and kept their voices unheard or unappreciated. Recently, women writers have begun to receive long overdue critical attention, especially since the 1970s during the second wave of American feminism.

This reference book adds to the continuing struggle to recognize women writers generally and to the ongoing celebration of American women writers specifically. It represents American women writers from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of World War II, a period that, among other significant historical events, encompasses two of the most important literary movements in twentieth-century U.S. history: modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. It presents contributions American women writers made to these movements as well as illuminates the distinguished roles they played in shaping the more broadly defined American literary tradition.

As its title suggests, American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio- Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook provides overviews of American women writers who wrote or published their most significant works between 1900 and 1945. (Some of these works were written during the first half of the century but remained unpublished for decades.) Each author entry consists of four sections: Biography, Major Works and Themes, Critical Reception, and Bibliography, which includes both primary and secondary sources. Each author entry offers biographical information about the author, an analysis of the author's major works, an overview of the critical reception of the author's works, and a bibliograptiy that lists works by the author and introduces readers to works that have been written about the author and her works. The entries are organized alphabetically, according to the author's last name or to accepted convention, as in the case of Native American or Asian women writers--Mourning Dove, for example, is alphabetized according to "Mourning. . . ."

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