Abstract

This essay focuses on twentieth-century Jewish immigrant author Anzia Yezierska’s proto-feminism and how she employed the genre of the romance novel in order to promote new ideas about ethnic identity and female independence. A focal point is her relationship to the trope of the New Woman, especially through her 1923 novel Salome of the Tenements, a work that simultaneously incorporates fresh perspectives concerning popular genres, feminism, and sexuality.

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