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Women, Compulsion, Modernity : The Moment of American Naturalism - Jennifer Fleissner

Women, Compulsion, Modernity

The Moment of American Naturalism

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780226253107
Number Of Pages: 320

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The 1890s have long been thought one of the most male-oriented eras in American history. But in reading such writers as Frank Norris with Mary Wilkins Freeman and Charlotte Perkins Gilman with Stephen Crane, Jennifer L. Fleissner boldly argues that feminist claims in fact shaped the period's cultural mainstream. Women, Compulsion, Modernity reopens a moment when the young American woman embodied both the promise and threat of a modernizing world.

Fleissner shows that this era's expanding opportunities for women were inseparable from the same modern developments—industrialization, consumerism—typically believed to constrain human freedom. With Women, Compulsion, and Modernity, Fleissner creates a new language for the strange way the writings of the time both broaden and question individual agency.

The Compulsion to Describe
The Great Outdoors
A Mania for the Moment
The New Woman & the Old Man
Saving Herself
The Rhythm Method
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ISBN: 9780226253107
ISBN-10: 0226253104
Series: Women in Culture and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2