Daughters of the Great Depression

Daughters of the Great Depression

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Daughters of the Great Depression is a reinterpretation of more than fifty well-known and rediscovered works of Depression-era fiction that illuminate one of the decade's central conflicts: whether to include women in the hard-pressed workforce or relegate them to a literal or figurative home sphere. Laura Hapke argues that working women, from industrial wage earners to business professionals, were the literary and cultural scapegoats of the 1930s. In locating these key texts in the qdon't steal a job from a manq furor of the time, she draws on a wealth of material not usually considered by literary scholars, including articles on gender and the job controversy; Labor Department Women's Bureau statistics; qtrue romanceq stories and qfallen womanq films; studies of African American women's wage earning; and Fortune magazine pronouncements on white-collar womanhood. A valuable revisionist study, Daughters of the Great Depression shows how fiction's working heroines--so often cast as earth mothers, flawed mothers, lesser comrades, harlots, martyrs, love slaves, and manly or apologetic professionals--joined their real-life counterparts to negotiate the misogynistic labor climate of the 1930s.Women, Work, and Fiction in the American 1930s Laura Hapke ... She reverts to the safety of domesticity, to the security of gender subordination. ... take in the refugee children of the Loray strikers, a return to the home front that caused Burke, her heroine aquot;drainedaquot; by Gastonia, ... she had planned.52 In the mythology of female Gastonia, having dared to outdo the legendary Ella May, Ishmaa#39;s atonement isanbsp;...

Title:Daughters of the Great Depression
Author:Laura Hapke
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 1997-01-01


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