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  • Cella, Laurie, 1974- author.
     
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  • American fiction -- Women authors -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
     
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  • American fiction -- Women authors -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
     
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  • Working class writings, American -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
     
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  • Romance fiction, American -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
     
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  • Working class women in literature.
     
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  • Strikes and lockouts in literature.
     
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    The personal and the political in American working-class literature, 1850-1939 : defining the radical romance / Laurie J.C. Cella.
    by Cella, Laurie, 1974- author.
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    Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Incorporated, [2019]
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  • American fiction -- Women authors -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
  •  
  • American fiction -- Women authors -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  •  
  • Working class writings, American -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
  •  
  • Romance fiction, American -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
  •  
  • Working class women in literature.
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  • Strikes and lockouts in literature.
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    9781498581202 (hardcover)
    149858120X (hardcover)
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    vii, 187 pages ; 24 cm.
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    The Lowell experiment: finery, chastity, and an emerging working-class culture -- Maud Matchin: a working-class American beauty -- Strikers at the ball: radical romances of the great Shirtwaist strike -- Violence and romance on the picket line: Mary Heaton Vorse's Strike! (1930) and Dorothy Myra Page's Gathering storm (1932) -- A violent Gastonia: images of female sexuality in Beyond desire (1932) and The shadow before (1934) -- Radical romance in the Piedmont: Olive Tilford Dargon's Gastonia novels.
    Summary: 
    As working women invaded the public space of the factory in the nineteenth century, they challenged Victorian notions of female domesticity and chastity. With virtue at the forefront of discussions regarding working women, aspects of working-class women’s culture - fashion, fiction, and dance halls - become vivid signifiers for moral impropriety, and attempts to censure these activities become overt attempts to censure female sexuality in the workplace.
    The Personal and the Political in American Working-Class Literature, 1850–1939 argues that these informal and often ignored “trifles” of female community provided the building blocks for female solidarity in the workplace. While most critical approaches to working-class fiction emphasize female suffering rather than agency, this book argues that working women themselves viewed aspects of consumer culture and new avenues for courtship as extensions of their rights as breadwinners. The strike itself is an intense moment of political upheaval that lends itself to more extensive personal and sexual freedoms. Through its analysis of strike novels, this book provides a fuller picture of working-class women as they simultaneously navigate new identities as “working ladies” and enter the dramatic and sometimes violent world of labor activism. This book is recommended for scholars of literary studies, women’s studies, and US history. (Publisher)
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    Innovation and activism in American women's writing
    Innovation and activism in American women's writing.
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