The Re-invention of the American West: Women's Periodicals and Gendered Geography in the Late Nineteenth-century United States

The Re-invention of the American West: Women's Periodicals and Gendered Geography in the Late Nineteenth-century United States

By: Noriko Suzuki (author)Hardback

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This book examines how women participated and intervened in the process of constructing geographical conceptions of 'the West.' In order to reconstruct the monolithically masculine-gendered western discourse into a multidimensional one, these women's writings challenged the traditional, patriarchal ideology embedded in the western discourse. Employing and expanding Amy Kaplan's theory of 'Manifest Domesticity' which explicates the relationship between nineteenth-century women writers with American imperialism, the author illustrates that women play a crucial agentic role in promoting and also intervening in the United States; imperialistic, nationalistic project of westward expansion. This gender-based study on the geopolitical conceptions of 'the West' and women on the western land points to a far more complex experience of nineteenth-century feminism than we understand today by exemplifying radical feminist ideas born among women in the western land.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773448476
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 292
  • ID: 9780773448476
  • ISBN10: 0773448470

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