New Books: Women Adapting: Bringing Three Serials of the Roaring Twenties to Stage and Screen

Author: Bethany Wood

Women Adapting: Bringing Three Serials of the Roaring Twenties to Stage and Screen

University of Iowa Press, 2019

Women Adapting examines three well-known stories that debuted as women’s magazine serials: Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, and Edna Ferber’s Show Boat. Through meticulous archival research, this study traces how each of these beloved narratives traveled across publishing, theatre, and film through adaptation. Bethany Wood documents the formation of adaptation systems and how they involved women’s voices and labor in modern entertainment in ways that have been previously underappreciated. What emerges is a picture of a unique window in time in the early decades of the twentieth century, when women in entertainment held influential positions in production and management.

Available for purchase here: https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609386498/women-adapting

New Books: American Travel Literature, Gendered Aesthetics, and the Italian Tour, 1824-62

Author: Brigitte Bailey

American Travel Literature, Gendered Aesthetics, and the Italian Tour, 1824-62

Edinburgh University Press, 2018

American Travel Literature analyzes tourist writings about Italy from 1824 to 1862 to explain what roles transatlantic travel, aesthetic response and the genre of tourist writing played in the formation of the United States. The Italian tour and its textual and visual expressions were forms through which predominantly white, northeastern elites dreamed their way into national identity and cultural authority. Its interdisciplinary methodology draws on antebellum visual culture, tourist practices and shifting class and gender identities to describe tourism and tourist writing as shapers of an elite (and then normative) national subjectivity. Bringing perspectives from art history and aesthetics, it historicises aesthetic practices, illuminating the depth of Americans’ turn towards visual iconography in articulating social and national identities.

The book investigates tourists’ triangulations of the categories of ‘England’, ‘Italy’ and ‘America’, discusses authors understood as national representatives − Irving, Cooper, Sedgwick, Kirkland, Fuller, Hawthorne and Stowe − in the context of other US and European writers and artists and looks at transatlantic tourist writing as a significant genre of the period that shaped the nation.

Available in print and digital formats with paperback edition forthcoming September 1, 2019. Purchase here.

New Books: Chicago and the Main of American Modernism

Author: Michelle E. Moore

Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

 

 

Chicago and the Making of American Modernism is the first full-length study of the vexed relationship between America’s great modernist writers and the nation’s “second city.” Michelle E. Moore explores the ways in which the defining writers of the era-Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald-engaged with the city and reacted against the commercial styles of “Chicago realism” to pursue their own, European-influenced mode of modernist art. Drawing on local archives to illuminate the literary culture of early 20th-century Chicago, this book reveals an important new dimension to the rise of American modernism.

The book contains chapters that reexamine the creation of the Little Room and explores Elia Peattie’s relationship to young Willa Cather. Chapter two tells the story of Harriet Monroe’s fight to create the “Columbian Ode.” It reveals Monroe’s battle to obtain and protect her copyright based on new archival evidence and contextualizes the fight against the backdrop of Chicago history.

Available in print and digital formats: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/chicago-and-the-making-of-american-modernism-9781350018037/

 

Liminality, Hybridity, & American Women’s Literature (Palgrave)

Liminality, Hybridity, & American Women’s Literature (Palgrave)
Eds. K. J. Jacobson, K. Allukian, R. Legleitner, L. Allison 

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This book highlights the multiplicity of American women’s writing related to liminality and hybridity from its beginnings to the contemporary moment. Often informed by notions of crossing, intersectionality, transition, and transformation, these concepts as they appear in American women’s writing contest as well as perpetuate exclusionary practices involving class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sex, among other variables. The collection’s introduction, three unit introductions, fourteen individual essays, and afterward facilitate a process of encounters, engagements, and conversations within, between, among, and across the rich polyphony that constitutes the creative acts of American women writers. The contributors offer fresh perspectives on canonical writers as well as introduce readers to new authors. As a whole, the collection demonstrates American women’s writing is “threshold writing,” or writing that occupies a liminal, hybrid space that both delimits borders and offers enticing openings.

New Books: Liminality, Hybridity, and American Women’s Literature Thresholds in Women’s Writing (2015 SSAWW Conference)

Editors:  Kristin J. Jacobson, Kristin Allukian,  Rickie-Anne Legleitner, and Leslie Allison

Liminality, Hyrbridity, & American Women’s Literature: Thresholds in Women’s Writing

Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

 

 

This book is available in print and digital formats: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319738505#aboutBook

This collection grows out of the 2015 SSAWW Conference and is dedicated to the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and conference organizers, Rita Bode, Dick Ellis, Beth Lueck, Miranda Green-Barteet, Leslie Allison, and Rickie-Ann Legleitner.

This book highlights the multiplicity of American women’s writing related to liminality and hybridity from its beginnings to the contemporary moment. Often informed by notions of crossing, intersectionality, transition, and transformation, these concepts as they appear in American women’s writing contest as well as perpetuate exclusionary practices involving class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sex, among other variables. The collection’s introduction, three unit introductions, fourteen individual essays, and afterward facilitate a process of encounters, engagements, and conversations within, between, among, and across the rich polyphony that constitutes the creative acts of American women writers. The contributors offer fresh perspectives on canonical writers as well as introduce readers to new authors. As a whole, the collection demonstrates American women’s writing is “threshold writing,” or writing that occupies a liminal, hybrid space that both delimits borders and offers enticing openings.

New Books: Iola Leroy, edited by Koritha Mitchell

Edited by: Koritha Mitchell

Novel by Frances E. W. Harper

Iola Leroy; or Shadows Uplifted

Broadview Press, 2018

This book is available in print and digital formats: https://broadviewpress.com/product/iola-leroy/#tab-description

Frances Harper’s fourth novel follows the life of the beautiful, light-skinned Iola Leroy to tell the story of black families in slavery, during the Civil War, and after Emancipation. Iola Leroy adopts and adapts three genres that commanded significant audiences in the nineteenth century: the sentimental romance, the slave narrative, and plantation fiction. Written by the foremost black woman activist of the nineteenth century, the novel sheds light on the movements for abolition, public education, and voting rights through a compelling narrative.

This edition engages the latest research on Harper’s life and work and offers ways to teach these major moments in United States history by centering the experiences of African Americans. The appendices provide primary documents that help readers do what they are seldom encouraged to do: consider the experiences and perspectives of people who are not white. The Introduction traces Harper’s biography and the changing critical perspectives on the novel. (Description from Broadview Press)

New Books: Migrating Fictions: Gender, Race, and Citizenship in U.S. Internal Displacements by Abigail G. H. Manzella

Abigail G. H. Manzella

Migrating Fictions: Gender, Race, and Citizenship in U.S. Internal Displacements

The Ohio State University Press, 2018.

The book is available in hardback, paper, and digital editions: https://ohiostatepress.org/books/titles/9780814213582.html

Migrating Fictions analyzes the role of race, gender, and citizenship in the major internal displacements of the twentieth century in history and in narrative. Surveying the particular tactics employed by the United States during the Great Migration, the Dust Bowl, the Japanese American incarceration, and the migrant labor of the Southwest, Abigail G. H. Manzella reveals how the country’s past is imbued with governmentally (en)forced movements that diminished access to full citizenship rights for the laboring class, people of color, and women.

This work is the first book-length study to examine all of these movements together along with their literature, including Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Sanora Babb’s Whose Names Are Unknown, Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine, Helena María Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus, and Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones. Manzella shows how the United States’ history of spatial colonization within its own borders extends beyond isolated incidents into a pattern based on ideology about nation-building, citizenship, and labor. This book seeks to theorize a Thirdspace, an alternate location for social justice that acknowledges the precarity of the internally displaced person.