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From curlers to chainsaws : women and their machines / edited by Joyce Dyer, Jennifer Cognard-Black, and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls.

Contributor(s): Dyer, Joyce [editor.] | Cognard-Black, Jennifer, 1969- [editor.] | Walls, Elizabeth MacLeod, 1974- [editor.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: East Lansing, Michigan : Michigan State University Press, [2016]Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 1609174771; 9781609174774.Subject(s): Technology and women | Material culture | Tools -- Social aspects | Implements, utensils, etc -- Social aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 306.4/6 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Preface; Acknowledgments; Hearth and Home; Norma Tilden -- Maytag Washer, 1939; Joyce Dyer -- My Mother's Singer; Psyche Williams-Forson -- If You Can't Stand the Heat: Ruminations on the Stove from an African American Woman; Rebecca McClanahan -- Sad-Iron, Glad-Iron; Joy Castro -- Grip; Bedroom and Birthing Room; E. J. Levy -- Of Vibrators; Jennifer Cognard-Black -- The Hot Thing; Emily Rapp -- Beautiful Monster: Life with a Prosthetic Limb; Monica Frantz -- Midwife Hands, Mother Hands; Farm, Lawn, Hill, and Wood; Mary Swander -- Tsantas and the Mind-Expanding Power of a Small Machine
Mary Quade -- Old Iron: A RestorationMaureen Stanton -- All Flesh Is Grass; Karen Salyer McElmurray -- Driven; Ana Maria Spagna -- More Than Noise; Stage and World; Debra Marquart -- The Microphone Erotic; Elizabeth MacLeod Walls -- I, Phone; Melissa A. Goldthwaite -- Body, Camera, Self; Diana Salman -- Lebanese Airwaves; Monica Berlin -- Remembered Is Misremembered, Then Turns; The Writer's Studio; Jen Hirt -- Swingline Nine; Sue William Silverman -- The Qwertyist; Karen Outen -- On Typing and Salvation; Nikky Finney -- Inquisitor and Insurgent: Black Woman with Pencil, Sharpened; Contributors
Summary: The twenty-three distinguished writers included in From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines invite machines into their lives and onto the page. In every room and landscape these writers occupy, gadgets that both stir and stymie may be found: a Singer sewing machine, a stove, a gun, a vibrator, a prosthetic limb, a tractor, a Dodge Dart, a microphone, a smartphone, a stapler, a No. 1 pencil and, of course, a curling iron and a chainsaw. From Curlers to Chainsaws is a groundbreaking collection of lyrical and illuminating essays about the serious, silly, seductive, and sometimes sorrowful relationships between women and their machines. This collection explores in depth objects we sometimes take for granted, focusing not only on their functions but also on their powers to inform identity. For each writer, the device moves beyond the functional to become a symbolic extension of the writer's own mind-altering and deepening each woman's concept of herself.
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The twenty-three distinguished writers included in From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines invite machines into their lives and onto the page. In every room and landscape these writers occupy, gadgets that both stir and stymie may be found: a Singer sewing machine, a stove, a gun, a vibrator, a prosthetic limb, a tractor, a Dodge Dart, a microphone, a smartphone, a stapler, a No. 1 pencil and, of course, a curling iron and a chainsaw. From Curlers to Chainsaws is a groundbreaking collection of lyrical and illuminating essays about the serious, silly, seductive, and sometimes sorrowful relationships between women and their machines. This collection explores in depth objects we sometimes take for granted, focusing not only on their functions but also on their powers to inform identity. For each writer, the device moves beyond the functional to become a symbolic extension of the writer's own mind-altering and deepening each woman's concept of herself.

Preface; Acknowledgments; Hearth and Home; Norma Tilden -- Maytag Washer, 1939; Joyce Dyer -- My Mother's Singer; Psyche Williams-Forson -- If You Can't Stand the Heat: Ruminations on the Stove from an African American Woman; Rebecca McClanahan -- Sad-Iron, Glad-Iron; Joy Castro -- Grip; Bedroom and Birthing Room; E. J. Levy -- Of Vibrators; Jennifer Cognard-Black -- The Hot Thing; Emily Rapp -- Beautiful Monster: Life with a Prosthetic Limb; Monica Frantz -- Midwife Hands, Mother Hands; Farm, Lawn, Hill, and Wood; Mary Swander -- Tsantas and the Mind-Expanding Power of a Small Machine

Mary Quade -- Old Iron: A RestorationMaureen Stanton -- All Flesh Is Grass; Karen Salyer McElmurray -- Driven; Ana Maria Spagna -- More Than Noise; Stage and World; Debra Marquart -- The Microphone Erotic; Elizabeth MacLeod Walls -- I, Phone; Melissa A. Goldthwaite -- Body, Camera, Self; Diana Salman -- Lebanese Airwaves; Monica Berlin -- Remembered Is Misremembered, Then Turns; The Writer's Studio; Jen Hirt -- Swingline Nine; Sue William Silverman -- The Qwertyist; Karen Outen -- On Typing and Salvation; Nikky Finney -- Inquisitor and Insurgent: Black Woman with Pencil, Sharpened; Contributors

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Joyce Dyer is professor emerita of English at Hiram College.<br> Jennifer Cognard-Black is professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland.<br> Elizabeth Macleod Walls is dean of University College and teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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