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Beyond the Gibson Girl (Electronic book text)
Beyond the Gibson Girl (Electronic book text): Martha H Patterson
Beyond the Gibson Girl (Electronic book text): Martha H Patterson

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Martha H Patterson

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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."_x000B__x000B_As she appears in these writers' works, the New Woman both promises and threatens to effect sociopolitical change as a consumer, an instigator of evolutionary and economic development, and, for writers of color, an icon of successful assimilation into dominant Anglo-American culture. 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.

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Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2005
Authors: Martha H Patterson
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 245
ISBN-13: 978-6613895929
Barcode: 9786613895929
Categories: Promotions
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies > Feminism
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > General
LSN: 661389592X

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