The seeds of revolution : women writers of the 1950s

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dc.contributor.advisor Trimmer, Joseph F. en_US Cole, Carole L. en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:00Z 2011-06-03T19:32:00Z 1977 en_US 1977
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1977 .C65 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis has examined some women writers of the 1950s in an attempt to discover if there could be a "women" school of writers as definable as the Black, Jewish or Southern schools which gained recognition during that ten-year period. During the 1950s American literature became fragmented as various minorities began to search into personal histories in order to discover human identities within the framework of race, religion or geography. It was the contention of this paper that women were involved in much the same type of identity search, that through their own literature they were searching out a human identity' within, but not confined to, their sexual role in society.The cliche of the decade is that this was a placid time in feminist history, a time when women docilely sacrificed education and personal talents to return to the in a search for their homes as wives and mothers. However, a study of the works of Sylvia Plath, Carson McCullers, May Sarton and Elizabeth Janeway shows a group of women in active rebellion against the sexual stereotyping so prevalent in the 1950s. Through art these women were rejecting traditional concepts of a "woman's place," and instead were exploring their own talents, strengths and potentials human identity.This thesis has sought to combine a study of the cultural influences operating on society of the 1950s with the literature being written by women during this period in order to more fully understand the female attitude toward herself and her role. This study indicates that the active rebellion of the women's liberation movement a decade later arose from the search for identity found in much literature by women of the 1950s.
dc.format.extent v, 66 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women authors. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role in literature. en_US
dc.subject.other Plath, Sylvia. en_US
dc.subject.other McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967. en_US
dc.subject.other Janeway, Elizabeth. en_US
dc.subject.other Sarton, May, 1912-1995. en_US
dc.title The seeds of revolution : women writers of the 1950s en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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