The Resource Well-read lives : how books inspired a generation of American women, Barbara Sicherman

Well-read lives : how books inspired a generation of American women, Barbara Sicherman

Label
Well-read lives : how books inspired a generation of American women
Title
Well-read lives
Title remainder
how books inspired a generation of American women
Statement of responsibility
Barbara Sicherman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a compelling approach structured as theme and variations, the author offers insightful profiles of a number of accomplished women born in Americas Gilded Age who lost and found themselves in books, and worked out a new life purpose around them. Some women, like Edith and Alice Hamilton, M. Carey Thomas, and Jane Addams, grew up in households filled with books, while less privileged women found alternative routes to expressive literacy. Jewish immigrants Hilda Satt Polacheck, Rose Cohen, and Mary Antin acquired new identities in the English-language books they found in settlement houses and libraries, while African Americans like Ida B. Wells relied mainly on institutions of their own creation, even as they sought to develop a literature of their own. It is the author's contribution to show that however the skill of reading was acquired, under the right circumstances, adolescent reading was truly transformative in constructing female identity, stirring imaginations, and fostering ambition. With Little Women's Jo March often serving as a youthful model of independence, girls and young women created communities of learning, imagination, and emotional connection around literary activities in ways that helped them imagine, and later attain, public identities. Reading themselves into quest plots and into male as well as female roles, these young women went on to create an unparalleled record of achievement as intellectuals, educators, and social reformers. This study reveals the centrality of the eras culture of reading and sheds new light on these women's Progressive-Era careers
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
028/.9082
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Z1039.W65
LC item number
S53 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Well-read lives : how books inspired a generation of American women, Barbara Sicherman
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-356) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reading Little women -- Women and the new cultural landscape of the Gilded Age -- Young women's ways of reading -- (Reading as) a family affair : the Hamiltons of Fort Wayne -- Reading and ambition : M. Carey Thomas and female heroism -- Working her way through culture : Jane Addams and literature's dual legacy -- Hull-House as a cultural space -- New books, new lives : Jewish immigrant women, reading, and identity -- With pen and voice : Ida B. Wells, race, literature, and politics
Control code
ocn656846652
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (380 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781469604152
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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22573/ctt60pdn
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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.b29256227
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)656846652
  • pebcs0807898244

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