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UI Press book offers revised look at women's regional writing
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new collection of essays from the University of
Iowa Press is revising ideas about the role of American women authors whose
work is considered regional writing.
"Breaking Boundaries: New Perspectives on Women's Regional Writing,"
edited by Sherrie A. Inness and Diana Royer, is an anthology of 13 essays
on American women authors from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Rather than considering regional writing as "local color,"
or as "minor literature," the essayists explore the literary
tradition as essential to understanding the social and cultural values
that define American identity.
Women's regional writing has traditionally offered a voice to women
and their concerns, but by exploring connections between women, regional
writing and the ability of regional writing to offer social criticisms
and correctives, the essayists explore ways that such work is important
to today's women writers.
The essayists examine the work of well-known women authors such as Harriett
Beecher Stowe, Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Austin, but also explore work
by lesser-known writers such as Celia Thaxter, Grace King, Pauline Hopkins
and Meridel Le Sueur.
Contributors include Krista Comer, Cynthia J. Davis, Judith Fetterley,
Patricia M. Gantt, Becky Jo Gesteland McShane, Sherrie Inness, Noreen Groover
Lape, D.K. Meisenheimer Jr., Julia Mickenberg, John T. Price, Marjorie
Pryse, Lori Robison, Diana Royer, Barbara Ryan, and Francesca Sawaya.
Sherrie Inness is assistant professor of English at Miami University.
She is the author of "Intimate Communities: Representation and Social
Transformation in Women's College Fiction, 1895-1910" and "The
Lesbian Menace: Ideology, Identity, and the Representation of Lesbian Life."
Diana Royer is associate professor of English at Miami University. She
has published articles on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose
Pierce, and Yusuf Idris.
"Breaking Boundaries: New Perspectives on Women's Regional Writing"
is available at bookstores nationwide for $31.95 clothbound and $14.95
paperback. The book can also be ordered from the UI Press by calling (319)
384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/