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Conflicting Stories : American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century - Elizabeth Ammons

Conflicting Stories

American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century

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Published: 1st October 1992
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The early 1890s through the late 1920s saw an explosion in serious long fiction by women in the United States. Considering a wide range of authors--African American, Asian American, white American, and Native American--this book looks at the work of seventeen writers from that period: Frances Ellen Harper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Orne Jewett, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Kate Chopin, Pauline Hopkins, Gertrude Stein, Mary Austin, Sui Sin Far, Willa Cather, Humishuma, Jessie Fauset, Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, Anzia Yezierska, Edith Summers Kelley, and Nella Larsen. The discussion focuses on the differences in their work and the similarities that unite them, particularly their determination to experiment with narrative form as they explored and voiced issues of power for women. Analyzing the historical context that both enabled and limited American women writers at the turn of the century, Ammons provides detailed readings of many texts and offers extensive commentary on the interaction between race and gender. This book joins the deepening discussion of modern women writers' creation of themselves as artists and raises fundamental questions about the shape of American literary history as it has been constructed in the academy.

"An exciting collection which places superb turn-of-the-century women writers in the context of pioneering artists, a long overdue revisionary perspective."--Roseanne Hoefel, Alma College "A worthy and important contribution to Women's Studies."--June Sochen, Northeastern Illinois University "Fills a gap; places black women writers in context of American women's literary history."--Fahamisha Patricia Brown, Boston College "Thanks to a glorious wealth of historical and biographical detail, Elizabeth Ammons's new book proves beyond a shadow of a doubt what many had only hoped was true: that the history of American women's writing, created by Native American, African American, Asian American, Jewish American, and white Christian American authors, comprises one diverse and variegated body of work, a body all too often suppressed, effaced, erased, but here celebrated for its richness, its suffering, and its triumph."--American Literature "Brilliant....This is a very important book whose influence will be felt for a long time. It should be read by all serious teachers and scholars of the period and should have a prominent place in advanced literature courses. I recommend it highly."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology "An exciting collection which places superb turn-of-the-century women writers in the context of pioneering artists, a long overdue revisionary perspective."--Roseanne Hoefel, Alma College "A worthy and important contribution to Women's Studies."--June Sochen, Northeastern Illinois University "Fills a gap; places black women writers in context of American women's literary history."--Fahamisha Patricia Brown, Boston College "Thanks to a glorious wealth of historical and biographical detail, Elizabeth Ammons's new book proves beyond a shadow of a doubt what many had only hoped was true: that the history of American women's writing, created by Native American, African American, Asian American, Jewish American, and white Christian American authors, comprises one diverse and variegated body of work, a body all too often suppressed, effaced, erased, but here celebrated for its richness, its suffering, and its triumph."--American Literature "Brilliant....This is a very important book whose influence will be felt for a long time. It should be read by all serious teachers and scholars of the period and should have a prominent place in advanced literature courses. I recommend it highly."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology "Conflicting Stories is brilliant in its conception and revolutionary in its method. By grouping women writers previously separated and looking at them historically, Ammons identifies the pioneer generation of American women writers who aspired to be artists; by negotiating their conflicts that cut across the lines of race, class, culture, and ethnicity, she issues a challenge for experimentation in criticism that is as liberating as it is radical."--Review "Ammons provides a rich compendium of information and insight in this study of American women's texts written between the 1880s and the 1930s....Thoroughly interesting and solidly based, speaking with a modestly objective voice, Ammons's study becomes one of the most radical and revisionist views of a key time in American literature."--Studies in Short Fiction "A useful and at times pioneering analysis....Strongly recommended for undergraduate and graduate collections."--Choice "Elizabeth Ammon's new book, Conflicting Stories will undoubtedly and deservedly take its place beside other important works of feminist criticism....Conflicting Stories is a particularly welcome addition to feminist literary criticism because of its multicultural perspective that provides readers access to the lives and works of many minority women writing in America at the turn of the century."--Modern Fiction Studies "Ammons provides in this book...challenging, original, and stimulating insights."--Signs "...impressively informed and innovative....I suggest that we all read Conflicting Stories."--Studies in the Novel

Introductionp. 3
Breaking Silence: Iola Leroyp. 20
Writing Silence: "The Yellow Wallpaper,"p. 34
Finding Form: Narrative Geography and The Country of the Pointed Firsp. 44
The Limits of Freedom: The Fiction of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Kate Chopin, and Pauline Hopkinsp. 59
Form and Difference: Gertrude Stein and Mary Austinp. 86
Audacious Words: Sui Sin Far's Mrs. Spring Fragrancep. 105
Art: Willa Cather, the Woman Writer as Artist, and Humishumap. 121
Plots: Jessie Fauset and Edith Whartonp. 140
Slow Starvation: Hunger and Hatred in Anzia Yezierska, Ellen Glasgow, and Edith Summers Kelleyp. 161
Jumping Out the Window: Nella Larsen's Passing and the End of an Erap. 183
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780195080384
ISBN-10: 0195080386
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st October 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.11  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.4