Reading for Reform

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Reading for Reform

An unprecedented examination of class-bridging reform and U.S. literary history at the turn of the twentieth century Reading for Reform rewrites the literary history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century America by putting social reform institutions at the center of literary and cultural analysis. Examining the vibrant, often fractious literary cultures that developed as part of the Progressive mandate to uplift the socially disadvantaged, it shows that in these years reformers saw literature as a way to combat the myriad social problems that plagued modern U.S. society. As they developed distinctly literary methods for Americanizing immigrants, uplifting and refining wage-earning women, and educating black students, their institutions gave rise to a new social purpose for literature. Class-bridging reform institutions—the urban settlement house, working girls’ club, and African American college—are rarely addressed in literary history. Yet, Laura R. Fisher argues, they engendered important experiments in the form and social utility of American literature, from minor texts of Yiddish drama and little-known periodical and reform writers to the fiction of Edith Wharton and Nella Larsen. Fisher delves into reform’s vast and largely unexplored institutional archives to show how dynamic sites of modern literary culture developed at the margins of social power. Fisher reveals how reformist approaches to race, class, religion, and gender formation shaped American literature between the 1880s and the 1920s. In doing so, she tells a new story about the fate of literary practice, and the idea of literature’s practical value, during the very years that modernist authors were proclaiming art’s autonomy from concepts of social utility.

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Reading for Reform
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Laura R. Fisher
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-03-05 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

An unprecedented examination of class-bridging reform and U.S. literary history at the turn of the twentieth century Reading for Reform rewrites the literary history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century America by putting social reform institutions at the center of literary and cultural analysis. Examining the vibrant, often fractious
Tokyo in Transit
Language: en
Pages: 333
Authors: Alisa Freedman
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: Stanford University Press

This work discusses literary depictions of mass transit in 20th century Tokyo in the decades preceding WWII. It cuts across literary and historical/sociological analysis, and contributes to the growing body of work examining Japanese urbanism, gender, and modernism.
The New York Times Book Review
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Alisa Freedman
Categories: Books
Type: BOOK - Published: 1992 - Publisher:

Presents extended reviews of noteworthy books, short reviews, essays and articles on topics and trends in publishing, literature, culture and the arts. Includes lists of best sellers (hardcover and paperback).
Plots and Characters in the Fiction of Theodore Dreiser
Language: en
Pages: 153
Authors: Philip L. Gerber
Categories: Books
Type: BOOK - Published: 1977 - Publisher: Hamden, Conn. : Archon Books

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Modern Fiction Studies
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Philip L. Gerber
Categories: American fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1960 - Publisher:

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