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American Literature in Transition, 1910 – 1920
Cambridge University Press
Mark Van Wienen
New York, NY
American Literature in Transition
To dip into the scholarship about the New Woman is to be puzzled by the extensive focus on and the strong disagreement about chronology. Why do some scholars offer such a wide range of years for the New Woman, and others such a narrow range? And why do the dates - whatever they may be - diverge so widely? What becomes clear is that date matter not because the New Woman can be easily periodized - after all, there are no legislative or political milestones that mark her entrance or exit from the public stage - but because she herself invoked, and thus still provokes, a polemic about temporality. Indeed, temporality defines the New Woman.
Sawaya, F. (2017). The New Woman Narrating the Histor(ies) of the Feminist Movement. Mark Van Wienen (Ed.), American Literature in Transition, 1910 – 1920 (pp. 89-102). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/asbookchapters/17