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Author Patterson, Martha H., 1966-

Title Beyond the Gibson Girl : reimagining the American new woman, 1895-1915 / Martha H. Patterson.

Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  813.5209352 P277b 2005    ---  Available
Description xii, 230 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-220) and index.
Contents Selling the American new woman as Gibson Girl -- Margaret Murray Washington, Pauline Hopkins, and the new Negro woman -- Incorporating the new woman in Edith Wharton's The custom of the country -- Sui Sin Far and the wisdom of the new -- Mary Johnston, Ellen Glasgow, and the evolutionary logic of progressive reform -- Willa Cather and the fluid mechanics of the new woman.
Summary "Challenging monolithic images of the New Woman as white, well educated, and politically progressive, this study focuses on important regional, ethnic, and sociopolitical differences in the use of the New Woman trope at the turn of the twentieth century. Using Charles Dana Gibson's "Gibson Girls" as a point of departure, Martha H. Patterson explores how writers such as Pauline Hopkins, Margaret Murray Washington, Sui Sin Far, Mary Johnston, Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, and Willa Cather challenged and redeployed the New Woman image in light of other "new" conceptions: the "New Negro Woman," the "New Ethics" the "New South," and the "New China."" "As she appears in these writers' works, the New Woman both promises and threatens to effect sociopolitical change as a consumer, an instigator of evolutionary and economic development; and, for writers of color, an icon of successful assimilation into dominant Anglo-American culture. Examining a diverse array of cultural products, Patterson shows how the seemingly celebratory image of the New Woman becomes a trope not only of progressive reform, consumer power, transgressive femininity, and modern energy, but also of racial and ethnic taxonomies, social Darwinist struggle, imperialist ambition, assimilationist pressures, and modern decay."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Feminist fiction, American -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Feminism and literature -- United States.
Women and literature -- United States.
African American women in literature.
Women in literature.
ISBN 9780252030178 (acid-free paper)
0252030176 (acid-free paper)

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