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Author Haytock, Jennifer Anne.

Title The middle class in the Great Depression : popular women's novels of the 1930s / Jennifer Haytock
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Description 1 online resource
Series American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century
American literature readings in the 21st century.
Contents Introduction: Popular women's literature, class, and the Great Depression -- History, normalcy, and daily life / Margaret Ayer Barnes and Jessie Redmon Fauset -- Women exploring class / Fannie Hurst, Edna Ferber, and Katharine Brush -- Family life in depressed America / Josephine Johnson and Josephine Lawrence -- Single women, violence, and class / Mary Roberts Rinehart -- Professional women, work, and romance / Gale Wilhelm, Fannie Cook, and Dawn Powell
Summary Examining popular women's novels of the 1930s, this study explores how middlebrow literature imagined gender and class identity during one of the most economically devastating times in U.S. history. These forgotten writers - Edna Ferber, Fannie Hurst, Margaret Ayer Barnes, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Katharine Brush, and others - portrayed women's lives and a great variety of issues that affected them, including marriage, motherhood, professionalism, violence, and racism. Through adept close readings, Jennifer Haytock demonstrates that Depression-era realist fiction portrays a range of changes in daily life and draws new conclusion about the American Dream
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Depressions in literature.
Middle class in literature.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137347201 (electronic bk.)
9781137347206 (electronic bk.)