Conflicting Stories

Conflicting Stories : American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century

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Liz Ammons's book examines the dramatic appearance, at the turn of the century, of a highly talented group of American women writers from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. How isolated occurrences of talent coalesced into a virtual phenomenon, and against what historical and social obstacles women of the early twentieth century contended, are recurring themes of Ammons' study. Posthumous barriers exist for these women today in the form of literary obscurity; Ammons seeks to overturn these barriers and broaden public recognition beyond individual, received authors (such as Wharton and Cather) by demonstrating the abilities of their peers. With extensive inclusion of numerous previously neglected women writers of African-American descent, Conflicting Stories joins a highly topical debate, and offers a necessary revision of mainstream criticism's simplified reading of America's literary more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 151.1 x 227.1 x 16.3mm | 418.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195080386
  • 9780195080384

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'Ammons treats seventeen writers in some detail, always providing a close reading of at least one major text by each author, yet also communicating a sense of their wider achievement and their cultural context. This study is capacious, ambitious and inclusive; readings of familiar works are imaginative, bold and obsessive in the best sense.' Year's Work in english Studiesshow more

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