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Title:Reading the middle: US women novelists and print culture, 1930-1960
Author(s):Vigiletti, Elyse R
Director of Research:Foote, Stephanie
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Foote, Stephanie
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Hutner, Gordon; Somerville, Siobhan; Underwood, William T; Bauer, Dale
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Print culture
Women Writers
Digital Humanities
Twentieth-Century Literature
American Studies
American Literature
Edna Ferber
Patricia Highsmith
Ann Petry
Lillian Smith
Jessie Fauset
Genre Fiction
Crime Fiction
Abstract:"Reading the Middle: US Women Novelists and Print Culture, 1930-1960" is about feminist protest as a core value of the American bourgeoisie, bringing gender studies, digital humanities, and American literature and print culture together in analyses of a collection of thirty-plus novels of mid-twentieth-century women writers. In it, I argue that the women writers of mainstream fiction in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s summoned carefully circumscribed deployments of critical paradigms such as feminism, antiracism, and anticapitalism to allow their American middle-class audience to elevate their leisure reading to a passively productive exercise in intellectual stimulation. In so doing, these writers helped establish and refine a uniquely twentieth-century phase of American progressivism that persisted long past their individual novels' fame.
Issue Date:2016-04-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Elyse Vigiletti
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-07
Date Deposited:2016-05

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