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Beyond the Gibson Girl
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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." Examining a diverse array of cultural products, Patterson shows how the seemingly celebratory term of the New Woman becomes a trope not only of progressive reform, consumer power, transgressive femininity, modern energy, and modern cure, but also of racial and ethnic taxonomies, social Darwinist struggle, imperialist ambition, assimilationist pressures, and modern decay.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. Selling the American New Woman as Gibson Girl
  2. pp. 27-49
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  1. 2. Margaret Murray Washington, Pauline Hopkins, and the New Negro Woman
  2. pp. 50-79
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  1. 3. Incorporating the New Woman in Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country
  2. pp. 80-101
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  1. 4. Sui Sin Far and the Wisdom of the New
  2. pp. 102-124
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  1. 5. Mary Johnston, Ellen Glasgow, and the Evolutionary Logic of Progressive Reform
  2. pp. 125-151
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  1. 6. Willa Cather and the Fluid Mechanics of the New Woman
  2. pp. 152-178
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 179-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-204
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 205-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-230
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