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A New Heartland: Women, Modernity, and the Agrarian Ideal in America

Janet Gallingani Casey

Abstract

This book reconceptualizes American modernity by focusing on rurality and women. It challenges the notion of the city as the privileged site of modern experience, arguing that rurality—urbanity’s opposite, frequently associated with nostalgia and feminine sentimentality—was a fruitful geographic and psychic location for registering women’s perceptions of the modern. As its title implies, however, it is less about the empirical facts of farm life than about its abstractions—the idea of rurality, and the ways in which women were positioned, by themselves and others, in reference to it. Attending ... More

Keywords: modernity, modernism, gender, rurality, agrarianism, rural fiction, literary criticism, photography, social theory, periodical literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195338959
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338959.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Gallingani Casey, author
Skidmore College
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