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Writing Women's Communities
The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Multi-Genre Anthologies
Cynthia G. Franklin


"Explores the identities of women of color, Jewish women, working class women, and lesbians in a critical investigation of the politics and production of feminist anthologies."
—Deborah Carlin, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Beginning in the 1980s, a number of popular and influential anthologies organized around themes of shared identity—Nice Jewish Girls, This Bridge Called My Back, Home Girls, and others—have brought together women's fiction and poetry with journal entries, personal narratives, and transcribed conversations. These groundbreaking multi-genre anthologies, Cynthia G. Franklin demonstrates, have played a crucial role in shaping current literary studies, in defining cultural and political movements, and in building connections between academic and other communities.

Exploring intersections and alliances across the often competing categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality, Writing Women's Communities contributes to current public debates about multiculturalism, feminism, identity politics, the academy as a site of political activism, and the relationship between literature and politics.

Cynthia G. Franklin is assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai'i.

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November 1997  

LC: 97-009460 PS
278 pp.  6 x 9

 
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