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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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Title
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  1. Preface
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Hearth and Home
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  1. Maytag Washer, 1939
  2. Norma Tilden
  3. pp. 2-7
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  1. PREFACE
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  1. My Mother’s Singer
  2. Joyce Dyer
  3. pp. 8-27
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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  1. If You Can’t Stand the Heat: Ruminations on the Stove from an African American Woman
  2. Psyche Williams-Forson
  3. pp. 28-49
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  1. HEARTH AND HOME
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  1. Sad-Iron, Glad-Iron
  2. Rebecca McClanahan
  3. pp. 50-63
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  1. Maytag Washer, 1939
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  1. Grip
  2. Joy Castro
  3. pp. 64-68
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  1. My Mother’s Singer
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  1. Bedroom and Birthing Room
  1. If You Can’t Stand the Heat: Ruminations on the Stove from an African American Woman
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  1. Of Vibrators
  2. E. J. Levy
  3. pp. 70-77
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  1. Sad-Iron, Glad-Iron
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  1. The Hot Thing
  2. Jennifer Cognard-Black
  3. pp. 78-97
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  1. Grip
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  1. Beautiful Monster: Life with a Prosthetic Limb
  2. Emily Rapp
  3. pp. 98-107
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  1. BEDROOM AND BIRTHING ROOM
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  1. Midwife Hands, Mother Hands
  2. Monica Frantz
  3. pp. 108-120
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  1. Of Vibrators
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  1. Farm, Lawn, Hill, and Wood
  1. The Hot Thing
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  1. Tsantas and the Mind-Expanding Power of a Small Machine
  2. Mary Swander
  3. pp. 122-133
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  1. Beautiful Monster: Life with a Prosthetic Limb
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  1. Old Iron: A Restoration
  2. Mary Quade
  3. pp. 134-147
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  1. Midwife Hands, Mother Hands
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  1. All Flesh Is Grass
  2. Maureen Stanton
  3. pp. 148-169
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  1. FARM, LAWN, HILL, AND WOOD
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  1. Driven
  2. Karen Salyer McElmurray
  3. pp. 170-181
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  1. Tsantas and the Mind-Expanding Power of a Small Machine
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  1. More Than Noise
  2. Ana Maria Spagna
  3. pp. 182-190
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  1. Old Iron: A Restoration
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  1. Stage and World
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  1. The Microphone Erotic
  2. Debra Marquart
  3. pp. 192-201
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  1. Driven
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  1. I, Phone
  2. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls -
  3. pp. 202-213
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  1. More Than Noise
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  1. Body, Camera, Self
  2. Melissa A. Goldthwaite
  3. pp. 214-227
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  1. STAGE AND WORLD
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  1. Lebanese Airwaves
  2. Diana Salman
  3. pp. 228-241
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  1. The Microphone Erotic
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  1. Remembered Is Misremembered, Then Turns
  2. Monica Berlin
  3. pp. 242-258
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  1. I, Phone
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  1. The Writer's Studio
  1. Body, Camera, Self
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  1. Swingline Nine
  2. Jen Hirt
  3. pp. 260-271
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  1. The Qwertyist
  2. Sue William Silverman
  3. pp. 272-281
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  1. Remembered Is Misremembered, Then Turns
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  1. On Typing and Salvation
  2. Karen Outen
  3. pp. 282-297
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  1. THE WRITER’S STUDIO
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  1. Inquisitor and Insurgent: Black Woman with Pencil, Sharpened
  2. Nikky Finney
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  1. Contributors
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  1. The Qwertyist
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  1. On Typing and Salvation
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  1. Inquisitor and Insurgent: Black Woman with Pencil, Sharpened
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