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Sex Expression and American Women Writers, 1860-1940
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publication date July 30, 2009
Pages 277
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807859063
ISBN-10 0807859060
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $28.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: American women novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries registered a call for a new sexual freedom, Dale Bauer contends. By creating a lexicon of "sex expression," many authors explored sexuality as part of a discourse about women's needs rather than confining it to the realm of sentiments, where it had been relegated (if broached at all) by earlier writers. This new rhetoric of sexuality enabled critical conversations about who had sex, when in life they had it, and how it signified.

Whether liberating or repressive, sexuality became a potential force for female agency in these women's novels, Bauer explains, insofar as these novelists seized the power of rhetoric to establish their intellectual authority. Thus, Bauer argues, they helped transform the traditional ideal of sexual purity into a new goal of sexual pleasure, defining in their fiction what intimacy between equals might become.

Analyzing the work of canonical as well as popular writers--including Edith Wharton, Anzia Yezierska, Julia Peterkin, and Fannie Hurst, among others--Bauer demonstrates that the new sexualization of American culture was both material and rhetorical.



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9780807832301 | details & prices | 277 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.22 lbs | List price $62.95
About: American women novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries registered a call for a new sexual freedom, Dale Bauer contends.
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9780807859063 | details & prices | 277 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $28.00
About: American women novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries registered a call for a new sexual freedom, Dale Bauer contends.

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