Navigating Women’s Friendships in American Literature and Culture

This volume presents a collection of critical essays that center women’s friendship in women’s literary and artistic production. Analyzing cultural portrayals of women’s friendships in fiction, letters, and film, these essays collectively suggest new models of literary interpretation that do not pri...

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Bibliographic Details
Other Authors: Branham, Kristi (Editor), Reames, Kelly L. (Editor)
Format: eBook
Published: Cham Palgrave Macmillan 2023, 2023
Edition:1st ed. 2023
Series:American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • 1. Introduction - Kristi Branham and Kelly L. Reames
  • I. Adolescent Friendships and Identity Formation
  • 2. Fleur’s Kinship, Pauline’s Whiteness: How Colonization Shapes Friendship in Louise Erdrich’s Tracks - Rachel Griffis
  • 3. ‘What obligation do I have toward her?’: College Girl Friendships and Self-Actualization in Hangsaman and The Bell Jar - Julie Ooms
  • 4. Entangled Roots: ‘Old Friends’ Reconnected in Ruth Ozeki’s All Over Creation - Marie Drews
  • 5. The Gothic’s Creation of Women’s Friendship in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House - Megan Peabody and Mikkaila Poulin
  • 6. Lovers and Friends of the Spirit: Celie and Shug’s Quare Friendship in The Color Purple - Tangela Serls
  • II. Alliances and the Promise of Women’s Friendships
  • 7. ‘Dorothy and I had quite a little quarrel’: Clever Banter and the ‘Language’ of Female Friendship in Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Krista Aldrich and Emily Wiktor
  • 8. ‘We Will Work Together’: Interclass Women’s Collabships in Progressive Era Novels - Alicia Beeson
  • 9. Political Progress and Social Stall: Failed Friendships, Feminist Fissures, and Mary McCarthy’s Modern Reform Novel - Cassandra Fetters
  • 10. ‘The Tenderness of One Woman for Another’: Female Friendship and Revolt in the 20th-century Works of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman - Susan Stone
  • III The Transformative Power of Authors’ Friendships
  • 11. ‘These Sweet Trees’: June Jordan, Alice Walker, and Womanist Friendship - Cheryl Hopson
  • 12. Chicana Visions: Ana Castillo and Cherríe Moraga’s Friendship, Falling Out, and Forgiveness - Leigh Johnson
  • 13. Beat-Associated Women and Female Relationships in Carolyn Cassady’s Off the Road - Josette Lorig
  • 14. Reframing Black Women’s Relationships: Exploring the Bond between Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Edwina Kruse through an Unpublished Manuscript - Monet Lewis-Timmons