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Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture
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Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture

Kathlene McDonald

Abstract

This book traces the development of a Left feminist consciousness as women became more actively involved in the American Left during and immediately following World War II. It argues that women writers on the Left drew on the rhetoric of antifascism to critique the cultural and ideological aspects of women’s oppression. In Left journals during World War II, women writers outlined the dangers of fascist control for women and argued that the fight against fascism must also be about ending women’s oppression. After World War II, they continued to use this antifascist framework to call attention t ... More

Keywords: Left feminist consciousness, American Left, World War II, women writers, antifascism, women’s oppression, Left journals, fascist control, fascism, Nazi Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617033018
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617033018.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathlene McDonald, author