After the Fall: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow Josephine Donovan

ISBN: 9780271006499

Published: January 1st 1989

Hardcover

198 pages


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After the Fall: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow  by  Josephine Donovan

After the Fall: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow by Josephine Donovan
January 1st 1989 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 198 pages | ISBN: 9780271006499 | 6.34 Mb

A continuation of Josephine Donovans exploration of American womens literary traditions, begun with New England Local Color Literature: A Womens Tradition, which treats the nineteenth-century realists, this work analyzes the writing of major womenMoreA continuation of Josephine Donovans exploration of American womens literary traditions, begun with New England Local Color Literature: A Womens Tradition, which treats the nineteenth-century realists, this work analyzes the writing of major women writers of the early twentieth century--- Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Ellen Glasgow.The author sees the Demeter-Persephone myth as central to these writers thematics, but interprets the myth in terms of the historical transitions taking place in turn-of-the-century America.

Donovan focuses on the changing relationship between mothers and daughters--- in particular upon the new womens rebellion against the traditional womens culture of their nineteenth-century mothers (both literary and literal). An introductory chapter traces the male-supremacist ideologies that formed the intellectual climate in which these women wrote.Reorienting Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow within womens literary traditions produces major reinterpretations of their works, including such masterpieces as Ethan Frome, Summer, My Antonia, Barren Ground, and others.Josephine Donovans books include Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions of American Feminism- New England Local Color Literature: A Womens Tradition- and Sarah Orne Jewett.

She is on the faculty of the University of Maine.



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