In Love and Struggle: Letters in Contemporary Feminism
Columbia University Press, 2008 - 315 Seiten
Winner of the 2009 Feminist and Women's Studies Association Book Prize
Do you think I can be a feminist mother? Did I make you and your kisses up in my mind? Will you join our military protest at the gate? Will you feed the kids when I'm in prison? Are you able to forgive me for breaking off this correspondence because you are a man?
During the women's movement of the 1970s and 1980s, feminists in the United States and Britain reinvented the image of the woman letter writer. Symbolically tearing up the love letter to an absent man, they wrote passionate letters to one another, exploring questions of sexuality, separatism, and strategy. These texts speak of the new interest women began to feel in one another and the new demands?and disappointments?these relationships would create.
Margaretta Jolly provides the first cultural study of these letters, charting the evolution of feminist political consciousness from the height of the women's movement to today's e-mail networks. Jolly uncovers the passionate, contradictory emotions of both politics and letter writing and sets out the theory behind them as a fragile yet persistent ideal of care ethics, women's love, and epistolary art. She follows several compelling feminist relationships sustained through writing and confronts the mixed messages of the "open letter," which complicated political relations between women (such as Audre Lorde's "Open Letter to Mary Daly," which called out white feminists for their implicit racism).
Jolly recovers the unsung literature of lesbianism and feminist romance, examines the ambivalent feelings within mother-daughter correspondences, and considers letter-writing campaigns during the peace movement. She concludes with a discussion of the ethical dilemma surrounding care versus autonomy and the meaning behind the burning or saving of letters. Letters that chart love stories, letters stowed away in attics, letters burnt at the end of romances, bittersweet letters written but never sent... this fascinating glimpse into women's intimate archives illuminates one of feminism's central concerns?that all relationships are political?and uniquely recasts a social movement in very emotional terms.
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Korean writer Chungmi Kim composes a poetic “ Daughter / Mother Dialogue ” of praise for a mother now too ill to speak ( 354-57 ) . Judy Green Herbstreit , explaining her neglect of her children as a single , bread - winning mother ...
The unstoppable Madame de Sévigné is the most famous forbear , and her nearly 1,300 lovelorn and archly gossipy paeans to her married daughter on the other side of France have been canonized as the epitome not just of women's letter ...
Equally , letters from daughters rhetorically negotiate needs and duties that are emotional as well as practical , expressing the way that ... attempt to rework the primal tie of the mother - daughter relationship without breaking it .
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
Introduction The Feminist World of Love and Ritual
Letter Writing and the Ethics of Care
Love Letters to a New Me
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