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The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume One: 17th through 19th Centuries written by Lisa Maria Hogeland


The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume One: 17th through 19th Centuries written by Lisa Maria Hogeland


Every anthology constructs a tradition. Sitting directly in dialogue with the feminist literary recovery project of the past 30 years, this anthology constructs a tradition of American women’s writing that is truly multiple and inclusive, bringing together women’s voices from across a broad spectrum of U.S. social life. Anyone who cares about women’s literature is sure to be intrigued by this anthology’s radical vision of what the history of women’s writing truly has been.

Neither narrowly canonical nor exclusively literary, this 1200-page anthology features women’s voices as they appear in nontraditional public formats, such as trial transcripts, petitions and criminal confessions. It includes women’s writing in public formats other than just print, including speeches and song lyrics. It also features expanded selections from Chicanas, working class women and antebellum Native American women, as well as thematic concerns with disability, women’s sexuality, immigration and diaspora, women’s suffrage, and lynching. And it offers expanded selections of plays, including temperance and “minstrel” plays; travel narratives; as well as a broader range of fiction from both women’s magazines and “literary” magazines. The aim of Volume One (17th through 19th centuries) is to show when and where and how women entered into public discourse pre-20th century, and how that access varied according to race, national origin, class, education, geographical location, physical ability, etc. as well as how it varied over the two centuries. Some of these materials have not been reprinted since their original publication; many have never been available in “literature” or “women writers” anthologies.


The most comprehensive collection of U.S. Women writers ever published.

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Numerous anthologies of women's writings have been published, most of which focus on a particular time period, ethnic group, or genre. This impressive collection spans three centuries of U.S. women writers, bringing together an amazing variety of pieces-some reprinted for the first time. Edited by Hogeland (Feminism and Its Fictions) and Klages (Woeful Afflictions), who take an unabashedly feminist perspective, this work situates itself as an extension of the "feminist recovery project" of the 20th-century women's movement. It is probably most comparable with The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States but features a greater variety of known and unknown authors, while the Oxford volume emphasizes the better known. Nearly three times the size of the Oxford volume, yet covering only the 17th through 19th centuries, this first of a projected two-volume compendium provides a broad spectrum of works and includes such nonstandard sources as trial transcripts and petitions as representative of women's voices and views. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Alison M. Lewis, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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