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Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture$
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Kathlene McDonald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617033018

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617033018.001.0001

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Fighting Fascism at Home and Abroad

Fighting Fascism at Home and Abroad

The Cold War Exile of Martha Dodd

(p.34) Chapter 2 Fighting Fascism at Home and Abroad
Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture

Kathlene McDonald

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter aims to examine the literary career of Martha Dodd, which has been obscured by the controversy surrounding her. In her novels and short stories, Dodd uses female activists to challenge some of the conventions about femininity in the immediate postwar era. Her work is distinctive among novels from this period because she presents women not simply as domestic goddesses or morality police, but as actors in their own right. The chapter establishes the connections between Dodd’s writings and an emergent Left feminism during World War II and the postwar era. Many of Dodd’s writings reflect the changes in the Communist Party’s approach to the “Woman Question” during World War II and the postwar era. A Left feminist perspective is reflected in most of her work.

Keywords:   female activists, Martha Dodd, postwar era, Left feminism, Woman Question

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