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This book is an action : feminist print culture and activist aesthetics / edited by Jaime Harker and Cecilia Konchar Farr.

Contributor(s): Harker, Jaime [editor.] | Farr, Cecilia Konchar, 1958- [editor.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Urbana, Chicago : University of Illinois Press, [2016]Description: 1 online resource (x, 250 pages .).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0252097904; 9780252097904.Subject(s): American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Second-wave feminism -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: This Book Is an Action : Feminist Print Culture and Activist AestheticsDDC classification: 810.9/352042 Other classification: SOC010000 | LIT003000 | HIS036060 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Part I. -- -- Feminist Publishing/Publishing Feminism : Experimentation in Second-Wave Book Publishing / Jennifer Gilley -- A Revolution in Ephemera : Feminist Newsletters and Newspapers of the 1970s / Agatha Beins -- "What Made Us Think They'd Pay Us for Making a Revolution?" : Women in Distribution (WinD), 1974-1979 / Julie R. Enszen -- Closely, Consciously Reading Feminism / Yung-Hsing Wu -- -- Part II. -- -- "The Element That Shaped Me, That I Shape by Being In" : Alternative Natures in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing and The Edible Woman / Jill E. Anderson -- The Second-Wave Sandbox : Anne Roiphe's Monstrous Motherhood / Lisa Botshon -- Desire and Fantasy in Erica Jong's Fear of Flying / Jay Hood -- Coming Out and Tutor-Text Performance in Jane Chambers's Lesbi-Dramas / Jaime Cantrell -- Creating a Nonpatriarchal Lineage in Bertha Harris's Lover / Lara Christine Godfrey -- The Color Purple and the Wine-Dark Kiss of Death : How a Second-Wave Feminist Wrote the First American AIDS Narrative / Phillip Gordon -- "This Really Isn't a Job for a Girl to Take on Alone" : Reappraising Feminism and Genre Fiction in Sara Paretsky's Crime Novel Indemnity Only / Charlotte Beyer.
Summary: "The Women's Liberation Movement held a foundational belief in the written word's power to incite social change. In this new collection, Jaime Harker and Cecilia Konchar Farr curate essays that reveal how second-wave feminists embraced this potential with a vengeance. The authors in This Book Is an Action investigate the dynamic print culture that emerged as the feminist movement reawakened in the late 1960s. The works created by women shined a light on taboo topics and offered inspiring accounts of personal transformation. Yet, as the essayists reveal, the texts represented something far greater: a distinct and influential American literary renaissance. On the one hand, feminists took control of the process by building a network of publishers and distributors owned and operated by women. On the other, women writers threw off convention to venture into radical and experimental forms, poetry, and genre storytelling, and in so doing created works that raised the consciousness of a generation. Examining feminist print culture from its structures and systems to defining texts by Margaret Atwood and Alice Walker, This Book Is an Action suggests untapped possibilities for the critical and aesthetic analysis of the diverse range of literary production during feminism's second wave"-- Provided by publisher.
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"The Women's Liberation Movement held a foundational belief in the written word's power to incite social change. In this new collection, Jaime Harker and Cecilia Konchar Farr curate essays that reveal how second-wave feminists embraced this potential with a vengeance. The authors in This Book Is an Action investigate the dynamic print culture that emerged as the feminist movement reawakened in the late 1960s. The works created by women shined a light on taboo topics and offered inspiring accounts of personal transformation. Yet, as the essayists reveal, the texts represented something far greater: a distinct and influential American literary renaissance. On the one hand, feminists took control of the process by building a network of publishers and distributors owned and operated by women. On the other, women writers threw off convention to venture into radical and experimental forms, poetry, and genre storytelling, and in so doing created works that raised the consciousness of a generation. Examining feminist print culture from its structures and systems to defining texts by Margaret Atwood and Alice Walker, This Book Is an Action suggests untapped possibilities for the critical and aesthetic analysis of the diverse range of literary production during feminism's second wave"-- Provided by publisher.

Part I. -- -- Feminist Publishing/Publishing Feminism : Experimentation in Second-Wave Book Publishing / Jennifer Gilley -- A Revolution in Ephemera : Feminist Newsletters and Newspapers of the 1970s / Agatha Beins -- "What Made Us Think They'd Pay Us for Making a Revolution?" : Women in Distribution (WinD), 1974-1979 / Julie R. Enszen -- Closely, Consciously Reading Feminism / Yung-Hsing Wu -- -- Part II. -- -- "The Element That Shaped Me, That I Shape by Being In" : Alternative Natures in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing and The Edible Woman / Jill E. Anderson -- The Second-Wave Sandbox : Anne Roiphe's Monstrous Motherhood / Lisa Botshon -- Desire and Fantasy in Erica Jong's Fear of Flying / Jay Hood -- Coming Out and Tutor-Text Performance in Jane Chambers's Lesbi-Dramas / Jaime Cantrell -- Creating a Nonpatriarchal Lineage in Bertha Harris's Lover / Lara Christine Godfrey -- The Color Purple and the Wine-Dark Kiss of Death : How a Second-Wave Feminist Wrote the First American AIDS Narrative / Phillip Gordon -- "This Really Isn't a Job for a Girl to Take on Alone" : Reappraising Feminism and Genre Fiction in Sara Paretsky's Crime Novel Indemnity Only / Charlotte Beyer.

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CHOICE Review

This excellent collection considers (as the editors write in their introduction) the "distinctive feminist culture of letters" of the 1960s and 1970s, arguing that second-wave women's writing was an activist intervention in US politics. Though it includes work on prestigious literary and postmodernist fiction (Margaret Atwood's Surfacing and The Edible Woman, Bertha Harris's Lover), the collection pays special attention to other categories, including best sellers (Erica Jong's Fear of Flying, Anne Roiphe's Up the Sandbox), genre fiction (Sara Paretsky's Indemnity Only), lesbian drama (plays by Jane Chambers), and nonfiction publishing practices (newsletters, journalism, and publishing outside the mainstream). Especially admirable are an essay by Yung-Hsing Wu on the centrality of close reading to feminist critique and Phillip Gordon's audacious reading of Alice Walker's The Color Purple as "the first American AIDS narrative." The contributors offer a significant corrective to contemporary US feminist theory by looking closely at second-wave writers rather than basing their commentary on third-wave accounts of their feminist predecessors' shortcomings. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. --Robyn R. Warhol, Ohio State University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Jaime Harker is an associate professor of English at The University of Mississippi. She is the author of America the Middlebrow: Women's Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship between the Wars and Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America . Cecilia Konchar Farr is a professor of English and women's studies at St. Catherine University. She is the author of Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads .

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