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Add This - Feminism

Written by Miriam SchneirAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Miriam Schneir

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: June 28, 1994
  • Price: $17.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-75381-0 (0-679-75381-8)
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Here are the essential historical writings of feminism. Many of these works, long out of print or forgotten in what Miriam Schneir describes as a male-dominated literary tradition, are finally brought out of obscurity and into the light of contemporary analysis and criticism. Included are more than forty selections, covering 150 years of writings on women's struggle for freedom--from the American Revolution to the first decades of the twentieth century.

In her selection, Schneir focuses her attention on still unsolved feminist problems: marriage as an instrument of oppression, woman's desire to control her own body, economic independence, and the search for selfhood. This rich and diverse collection contains excerpts from books, essays, speeches, documents, letters, as well as poetry, drama and fiction. Extensive commentaries by the editor help the reader see the historical context of each selection.

Contributors include:
Abigail Adams, "Familiar Letters of John and Abigail Adams"
Mary Wollstonecraft, "A Vindication of the Rights of Women"
Frances Wright, "Course of Popular Lectures"
George Sand, "Indiana" and "Letters of George Sand"
Sarah M. Grimke, "Letters on the Equality of Sexes and the Condition of Women"
Harriet Robinson, "Early Factory Labor in New England"
Thomas Hood, "Song of the Shirt"
Margaret Fuller, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century"
The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls
Frederick Douglas, editorial from The North Star; Sojourner Truth, "Ain't I a Woman?" and "What Time of Night It is"
Lucretia Mott, "Not Christianity, but Priestcraft"
Lucy Stone, "Marriage of Lucy Stone Under Protest"
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, address to the New York State Legislature, 1854 & 1860; John Stuart Mill, "The Subjection of Women"
Emily James Putnam, "The Lady"
Anna Garlin Spencer, "Woman's Share in Social Culture"
Emma Goldman, "The Traffic in Women"
Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own"
and many others