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and the great efforts undertaken to obtain quality
on November 19, 2014
I generally appreciate Sherrie Tucker's ambitious topic, and the great efforts undertaken to obtain quality, first-hand narratives. As two others have also noted, though, she greatly undermines the effect by repeatedly framing their narratives - at various times before, during, and after the narratives themselves - seemingly for the sake, as another commenter notes, to enlighten us moderns on the thought processes, blinds spots, and jargon of that strange species, 1940s humans.
These "framings" are often considerably longer than the narratives themselves, and distract a great deal from the narratives. While I appreciate that academic writing marches to the beat of its own, peculiar drummer, the book nevertheless would have been both more readable and interesting had Ms. Tucker let the women who are actually the subject of the book do the hard work of enlightening us as to what their experience might mean.
The book is not thought-provoking: Ms. Tucker's gone to the trouble of doing the thinking for you.