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A continuation of Josephine Donovan's exploration of American women's literary traditions, begun with New England Local Color Literature: A Women's Tradition, which treats the nineteenth-century realists, this work analyzes the writing of major women writers of the early twentieth century—Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Ellen Glasgow.

The author sees the Demeter-Persephone myth as central to these writers' thematics, but interprets the myth in terms of the historical transitions taking place in turn-of-the-century America. Donovan focuses on the changing relationship between mothers and daughters—in particular upon the "new women's" rebellion against the traditional women's culture of their nineteenth-century mothers (both literary and literal). An introductory chapter traces the male-supremacist ideologies that formed the intellectual climate in which these women wrote.

Reorienting Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow within women's literary traditions produces major reinterpretations of their works, including such masterpieces as Ethan Frome, Summer, My Antonia, Barren Ground, and others.

Table of Contents

  1. Half Title, Further Titles, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Demeter’s Garden Destroyed
  2. pp. 9-30
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  1. 2. Nan Prince and the Golden Apples
  2. pp. 31-42
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  1. 3. Edith Wharton and the Pomegranate Seed
  2. pp. 43-84
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  1. 4. Willa Cather: The Daughter in Exile
  2. pp. 85-128
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  1. 5. Ellen Glasgow: Beyond Barren Ground
  2. pp. 129-154
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. Appendix I: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Virginia Woolf and Colette
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. Appendix II: Demeter as Absent Referent
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-184
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-198
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271072562
Print ISBN
9780271006499
MARC Record
OCLC
966814469
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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