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The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States - Linda Wagner-Martin

The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States

By: Linda Wagner-Martin (Editor), Cathy N. Davidson (Editor)

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Published: 1st September 1999
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Provocative and compulsively readable, lively, engaging, and brilliantly representative, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States presents short stories, poems, essays, plays, speeches, performance pieces, erotica, diaries, correspondence, and even a few recipes from nearly one hundred of our best women writers.
Reveling in the awareness that the best U.S. women's writing is, quite simply, some of the best in the world, editors Linda Wagner-Martin and Cathy N. Davidson have chosen selections spanning four centuries and reflecting the rich variety of American women's lives. The collection embraces the perspectives of age and youth, the traditional and the revolutionary, the public and the private. Here is Judith Sargent Murray's 1790 essay "On the Equality of the Sexes," journalist Martha Gellhorn's "Last Words on Vietnam, 1987," and Mary Gordon's homage to the ghosts of Ellis Island, "More Than Just a Shrine"; powerful short stories by Zora Neale Hurston, Edith Wharton, Cynthia Ozick, and Toni Morrison; letters from Abigail Adams, Sarah Moore Grimke accent], Emma Goldman, and Georgia O'Keeffe; Alice B. Toklas's recipe "Bass for Picasso," and erotic offerings from Anais Nin and Rita Mae Brown. The moving autobiography of Zitkala- Sa accent], whose mother was a Sioux, tells us more about "otherness" than any sociological treatise, while Janice Mirikitani's and Nellie Wong's poems about being young Asian-American women, like Alice Walker's meditation on the beauty of growing old, speak to all readers.
A thought-provoking introduction and descriptive headnotes explore the history of women's writing in ways that help the reader to understand the American women who have used language to change their worlds and to remember the past, and as a means of etching their deepest, fondest dreams. A joy to read, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States is filled with eye-opening and unexpected selections. It is the perfect book for anyone fascinated by women's writing and women's lives.

"A generous survey of American women's voices that is as remarkable for its quality as it is for its breadth....As textbook, reference work, or cover-to-cover recreational reading, this collection is an outstanding editorial achievement."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Editors Wagner-Martin and Davidson pay tribute to the vibrant variety of American women's lives and writing in this meandering and happily idiosyncratic anthology....a wonderful spectrum."--Booklist "This anthology not only provides a comprehensive selection of creative and imaginative works by women but also a wonderful collection of letters, autobiographies, memoirs as well as political essays and speeches. Such diversity provides students with a greater understanding of the women's movement."--Rebecca K. Webb, Illinois State University "[This collection] includes 771 encyclopedia entries ranging from short biographies to long essays on African-American writing and contemporary women's poetry. The appendixes provide time lines for women's social history and U.S. women's writing, and the index is extensive....The broad scope of the book makes it useful to more than just students of women's literature."--Choice "A sumptuous selection of short fiction and poetry....[The] invitation to share the passion of women's voices characterizes the entire volume."--Steven G. Kellman, USA Today "What an extraordinary collection! The editors have compiled a rich selection of powerful texts in a wide variety of genres and have organized them with such imagination that the book is both a sourcebook for exploring the cultural history of women's experience in the U.S. and a remarkably compact, yet quite comprehensive, literary survey. It belongs on every reader's bookshelf."--Emory Elliott, University of California, Riverside "There is no more exciting collection of women's writing in the United State than this one--a panoply of delights that I can't wait to teach from. The selections (from modern and classic women writers) show the rich complexity of women at work in every form, from recipes and erotica through political treatises and performance peices. Now, one can imagine a course in women's writing that will capture students' imaginations, and that will appeal to their bodies, stomachs, souls, and minds."--Louise DeSalvo, Hunter College "A superb collection representing the full range of American women's writing over four centuries--and a great read besides. Particularly valuable are the new conceptual categories the editors introduce, which promote fresh approaches to both familiar and unfamiliar examples of women's writing."--Carolyn L. Karcher, Temple University "This is the best source for teaching the continuum of writing by women that I know of. The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States will change the canon of American literature. Watch out Hemingway. Make way, Faulkner. There is another range of voice to be heard."--E.M. Broner, author A Weave of Women, The Telling, and Mornings and Mourning "A lush collection! Each selection obviously reflects a caring and thoughtful decision that respects and celebrates the craft and event of women's writing in the United States. Wagner-Martin and Davidson have made insistent and clear the impressive breadth of women's writing--as well the elegant diversity of women who write. This is surely a volume to treasure and teach."--Karla F.C. Holloway, author Codes of Conduct: Race, Ethics, and the Color of Our Character "A masterly and comprehensive anthology giving context to the long battle for the vote--and for women's continuing struggle in the years since." --Library Journal "Offers a sumptuous selection of short fiction and poetry....Its invitation to share the passion of women's voices characterizes the entire volume."--USA Today "A generous survey of American women's voices that is as remarkable for its quality as it is for its breadth....As textbook, reference work, or cover-to-cover recreational reading, this collection is an outstanding editorial achievement."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Editors Wagner-Martin and Davidson pay tribute to the vibrant variety of American women's lives and writing in this meandering and happily idiosyncratic anthology....They've created a wonderful spectrum that stretches from Edith Wharton to Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson to Adrienne Rich, Emma Goldman to Anna Quindlen, Louisa May Alcott to Laurie Anderson."--Booklist "The editors offer a broad range that includes well-known Anglo writers as well as a handful of ethnic writers. It's this kind of balance that makes turning each page a joy. Whether you are discovering Helena Maria Viramontes or rediscovering Edith Wharton, it's a gem you can't put down....The editors have succeeded in bringing cohesion to a rich history of women's writing in the United States."--Copley News Service

Introductionp. 3
Short Fictionp. 7
Tom's Husbandp. 9
Tony's Wifep. 21
The Revolt Of "Mother"p. 27
The Yellow Wall-Paperp. 41
A Male Magdalene from Samantha vs. Josiahp. 56
A Pair Of Silk Stockingsp. 63
The Other Twop. 68
Seventeen Syllablesp. 83
Freedomp. 95
Sweatp. 100
O Yesp. 111
A Late Encounter With the Enemyp. 126
A Worn Pathp. 135
The Shawlp. 143
Extenuating Circumstancesp. 148
Miss Clairolp. 154
Recitatifp. 159
In the American Societyp. 176
May's Lionp. 190
Life in the Iron-Millsp. 197
Old Mrs. Harrisp. 229
Poetryp. 273
Poetry from the Beginningp. 274
To My Dear and Loving Husbandp. 275
The Flesh and the Spiritp. 276
On Imaginationp. 279
The Soul Selects Her Own Societyp. 280
This is My Letter to the Worldp. 281
My Life Had Stood--A Loaded Gunp. 281
After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comesp. 282
Decadep. 283
The Poem as Maskp. 283
Lineagep. 284
Religion, from Ulyssesp. 285
In an Iridescent Timep. 286
Woman Mep. 286
Lady Lazarusp. 287
Contemporary Poetryp. 291
Diving Into the Wreckp. 292
When I was Growing Upp. 294
The Thirty Eighth Yearp. 296
Song for A Thin Sisterp. 298
What the Gypsy Said to Her Childrenp. 299
Daystarp. 300
A History of costumep. 301
Suicide Notep. 305
Rememberp. 307
As Children Togetherp. 308
Public Livesp. 311
Women and the Nationp. 312
From On the Equality of the Sexesp. 313
A Woman at Forty, from Woman in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 316
The Working-Girls of New York, from Folly As It Fliesp. 321
The Case Statedp. 323
The Struggle for Understandingp. 330
From The Higher Education of Womenp. 331
The Coyote-Spirit and the Weaving Womanp. 337
Women Are Hungryp. 342
From the Personal to the Politicalp. 351
More Than Just a Shrine: Paying Homage to the Ghosts of Ellis Islandp. 352
Longing to Die of Old Agep. 356
Last Words on Vietnam, 1987p. 358
Amazons in Appalachiap. 365
If Men Could Menstruatep. 372
Why I Want a Wifep. 375
The Good Guysp. 377
Acting Outp. 379
Playsp. 380
Overtonesp. 381
Trifles: A Play in one Actp. 393
Bitter Canep. 407
Speeches and Performance Piecesp. 441
Ain's I a Woman?p. 441
Men in Your Lifep. 443
From United Statesp. 447
Roslyn Malamud: the Coup, from Fires in the Mirrorp. 452
Rituals and Ceremoniesp. 457
Native American Ritualp. 458
Kopis'taya (a Gathering of Spirits)p. 466
Naming Powerp. 468
The Foot-Washingp. 470
From The Women of Brewster Placep. 471
The Sixth Work: Rituals for the Extended Family, from Jambalayap. 474
The Ceremonies of Community, from The Tellingp. 479
Private Livesp. 489
The Republic of Women's Lettersp. 490
To John Adamsp. 491
Letter to the Editors of Freedom's Journalp. 492
Letter XV: Man Equally Guilty with Woman in the Fallp. 493
Women in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 498
Diaryp. 499
Afternoon in the Woods, from Rural Hoursp. 502
The Trials of Girlhood, from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlp. 504
To John Brownp. 507
To Louisa Picquetp. 508
Diaryp. 509
Turning the Centuryp. 512
To Liane De Pougyp. 513
To Ben Reitmanp. 514
From The School Days of an Indian Girlp. 514
From Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasianp. 523
One Farmer's Wifep. 533
Modern Voicesp. 536
To Anita Pollitzerp. 537
Names, from Memories of a Catholic Girlhoodp. 539
From Storytellerp. 546
To Gabriela, A Young Writerp. 547
Bodily Pleasuresp. 551
Recipesp. 552
The Last Return From the Sea, from The Captain's Lady's Cookbookp. 553
Bass for Picasso, from The Alice B. Toklas Cook Bookp. 554
Sunday Revival Dinner, from The Taste of Country Cookingp. 556
Los Dias De Los Muertos, from Food From My Heartp. 563
Eroticap. 568
Wild Nights--Wild Nights!p. 569
Come Slowly--Eden!p. 569
Volcanoes Be in Sicilyp. 570
The Storm, A Sequel to "The 'Cadian Ball"p. 570
From Lifting Bellyp. 575
I Want to Die While You Love Mep. 577
Sea Rosep. 577
Mandra, II, from Little Birdsp. 578
Sappho's Replyp. 580
She Didn't Think We Were Marriedp. 581
Fifteen, from Autumn Sequencep. 581
Acknowledgmentsp. 583
Topical Listing of Contentsp. 591
Indexp. 595
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ISBN: 9780195132458
ISBN-10: 0195132459
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.51