"Attends not only to familiar 'consciousness-raising' works such as Kate Millet's Sexual Politics , Erica Jong's Fear of Flying , and Margaret Atwood's Surfacing , but also treats previously unexplored but no less important issues and topics vital to feminist print culture during the second wave of feminism. The introduction itself is an invaluable article on the literary productions and politics of the period."--Julia Ehrhardt, author of Writers of Conviction: The Personal Politics of Zona Gale, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Rose Wilder Lane, and Josephine Herbst
"The contributors offer a significant corrective to contemporary US feminist theory by looking closely at second-wave writers rather than basing their commentary on third-wave accounts of their feminist predecessor’s shortcomings. Essential."--Choice
"Builds on the body of scholarship that has examined the key literary texts of the movement, but it's truly original contribution is the way it uses recent theorizing on middlebrow culture and women's reading practices to reframe the essential, insoluble problem that scholars of radical feminism have so grappled with, namely, who is truly radical and who is a sellout? Cutting this Gordian knot may be the work's biggest contribution."--Trysh Travis, author of The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey
"This Book argues that the women's liberation movement had a coherent perspective on the importance of women's reading, which emphasized close relationships among reading, consciousness raising, and political action. . . . The collection adds to the historical record and immerses us in forgotten controversies and the ambiance of a period very different from the present."--Women's Review of Books
"These essays bring alive a vibrant, contentious, controversial period in the history of the women's movement, providing useful background to the publishing industry of the period, fresh insights into important texts, useful lists of works cited, and a variety of theoretical perspectives… This book is a nuanced, provocative reminder of the women of the second wave."--H-Net Reviews
About the Author
Jaime Harker is an associate professor of English at The University of Mississippi. She is the author of America the Middlebrow: Women's Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship between the Wars and Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America . Cecilia Konchar Farr is a professor of English and women's studies at St. Catherine University. She is the author of Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads .