Conflicting stories : American women writers at the turn into the twentieth century / Elizabeth Ammons
Libro | Oxford University Press | 1991

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ix, 234 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-225) and index.
Breaking the silence : Iola Leroy -- Writing silence : "The Yellow Wallpaper -- Finding form : narrative geography and The Country of the Pointed Firs -- The limits of freedom : the fiction of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Kate Chopin, and Pauline Hopkins -- Form and difference : Gertrude Stein and Mary Austin -- Audacious words : Sui Sin Far's Mrs. Spring Fragrance -- Art : Willa Cather, the woman writer as artist, and humishuma -- Plots : Jessie Fauset and Edith Wharton -- Slow starvation : hunger and hatred in Anzia Yezierska, Ellen Glasgow, and Edith Summers Kelley -- Jumping out the window : Nella Larsen's Passing and the end of an era.
The early 1890s through the late 1920s saw an explosion in the 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.
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