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Published: 30 April 2009

264 Pages | 35 halftones


ISBN: 9780195338959

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A New Heartland

Women, Modernity, and the Agrarian Ideal in America

Janet Gallingani Casey

  • First book in American literature and culture studies to centre on rurality and modernity as mutually sustaining categories, and to investigate women's special engagements with those categories
  • First book to explore in depth The Farmer's Wife (1906-1939), the only nationally distributed agricultural periodical for women in the history of the U.S.
  • Based on substantial archival research in, for example, the letters of women to Cornell University Extension agents; the business papers of the Webb Company, which published The Farmer's Wife; and the private papers of writers Josephine Johnson and Edith Summers Kelley
  • Interdisciplinary in focus, covering a range of representational and discursive arenas in the modernist period, including social theory, periodical literature, period book reviews, bestselling "middlebrow" novels, radical novels, photography, and the cultural discussions surrounding literary prizes

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