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The Feminization of American Culture

Ann Douglas

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN 10: 0374525587 / ISBN 13: 9780374525583
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Title: The Feminization of American Culture

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Binding: Paperback

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Paperback. 416 pages. Dimensions: 8.3in. x 5.5in. x 1.1in.This modern classic by one of our leading scholars seeks to explain the values prevalent in todays mass culture by tracing them back to their roots in the Victorian era. As religion lost its hold on the public mind, clergymen and educated women, powerless and insignificant in the society of the time, together exerted a profound effect on the only areas open to their influence: the arts and literature. Women wrote books that idealized the very qualities that kept them powerless: timidity, piety, and a disdain for competition. Sentimental values that permeated popular literature continue to influence modern culture, preoccupied as it is with glamour, banal melodrama, and mindless consumption. This new paperback edition, with a new Preface, will reach yet more readers with its persuasive and provocative theory. Richard Bernstein of The New York Times said: Her remarkable scholarship is going to set the standard for a long time to come. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780374525583

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Synopsis: The Feminization of American Culture seeks to explain the values prevalent in today's popular culture by tracing them back to their roots in Victorian times.  Feminist scholar Ann Douglas examines the best-selling novels and magazines of the day to show how women exploited their feminine image and idealized the very qualities that kept them powerless: timidity, piety, narcissism, and a disdain for competition. Here is a major rethinking of the American past with shocks of recognition for evervone today.

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