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A gendered collision : sentimentalism and modernism in Dorothy Parker's poetry and fiction

Author: Rhonda S Pettit
Publisher: Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2000.
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"In A Gendered Collision, Rhonda Pettit challenges the assumption that Parker is a humorist or marginal modernist at best, a sentimentalist at worst. To do this, she examines Parker's career in light of feminist scholarship that has forced a reevaluation of the American canon in general, and of modernism in particular. As documented in her poetry and fiction, Parker's modernism moves beyond a narrow set of aesthetic  Read more...
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Pettit, Rhonda S., 1955-
Gendered collision.
Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2000
(OCoLC)606321297
Named Person: Dorothy Parker; Dorothy Parker; Dorothy Parker; Dorothy Parker
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rhonda S Pettit
ISBN: 083863818X 9780838638187
OCLC Number: 42690038
Description: 248 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Sex and Context: The Production and Popularity of Dorothy Parker's Work --
Art versus Bacon --
The "Hard Dark Crystals" of Parker's Poetry --
A Female Hemingway? --
A Portable Reputation --
The Sentimental Infection: Critical Responses to Sentimentality in Dorothy Parker's Life, Politics, and Literary Production --
The Sentimental Infection in Parker's Personal Life --
The Sentimental Infection in Parker's Politics --
The Sentimental Infection in Parker's Work --
Conclusion --
The Sentimental Connection I: Dorothy Parker's Poetry and Sentimental Tradition --
Characteristics of Nineteenth-Century Women Poets --
Poetics of Shared Conventions --
The Boundary of Gentility --
Gender Rigidity --
Dangerous Retreats --
Conclusion --
The Sentimental Connection II: Dorothy Parker's Fiction and Sentimental Tradition --
Narrative Form and Space --
Bonding and Bound --
A Plea for Reform --
In Defense of Feeling --
Conclusion --
Neither Cloister Nor Hearth: Dorothy Parker's Conflict with the Sentimental Tradition --
Ideas and the Dark Side --
A Retreat into Form? --
Content and Contention --
Home Is Where the Hard-Hearted Are --
Misreading and Mythreading --
Conclusion --
Coda.
Responsibility: Rhonda S. Pettit.

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Parker was perceived as a marginal modernist at best, and a sentimentalist at worst. In exploring of the Parker paradox, this study draws on feminist assessments of twentieth-century modernism to  Read more...

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