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Pfaelzer, Jean

Works: 12 works in 54 publications in 1 language and 3,313 library holdings
Genres: History  Local history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Feminist fiction 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: F870.C5, 979.4004951
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Publications about Jean Pfaelzer
Publications by Jean Pfaelzer
Most widely held works by Jean Pfaelzer
Driven out : the forgotten war against Chinese Americans by Jean Pfaelzer( Book )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,593 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the systematic attempts to purge Chinese enclaves across the West from the Gold Rush era to the turn of the twentieth century, documenting the efforts of the Chinese Americans to achieve reparations and attain rights
The utopian novel in America, 1886-1896 : the politics of form by Jean Pfaelzer( Book )
16 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 706 libraries worldwide
Parlor radical : Rebecca Harding Davis and the origins of American social realism by Jean Pfaelzer( Book )
8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 362 libraries worldwide
Rebecca Harding Davis was a prominent author of radical social fiction during the latter half of the nineteenth century. In stories that combine realism with sentimentalism, Davis confronted a wide range of contemporary American issues, giving voice to working women, slaves, freedmen, fishermen, prostitutes, wives seeking divorce, celibate utopians, and female authors. Moreover, in her stunning blend of sentiment, gritty detail, and vernacular fiction, Davis broke down distinctions between the private and public worlds, distinctions that trapped women in the ideology of domesticity. In the first study to consider Davis as a literary activist, Jean Pfaelzer describes how Davis fulfilled her own charge to women authors to write "the inner life and history of their time with a power which shall make that time alive for future ages." By engaging current strategies in literary hermeneutics with a strong sense of historical radicalism in the Gilded Age, Pfaelzer reads Davis through the public issues that this major nineteenth-century writer forcefully inscribes in her fiction. In Pfaelzer's study, Davis's realistic narratives actively construct a coherent social work, not in a fictional vacuum but in direct engagement with the explosive movements of social change from the Civil War through the turn of the century
A Rebecca Harding Davis reader : "Life in the iron-mills," selected fiction, & essays by Rebecca Harding Davis( Book )
5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 335 libraries worldwide
In both fiction and nonfiction, Davis attacked contemporary questions such as slavery, prostitution, divorce, the Spanish-American War, the colonization of Africa, the plight of the rural South, northern racism, environmental pollution, and degraded work conditions generated by the rise of heavy industry. Written from the standpoint of a critical observer in the midst of things, Davis's work vividly recreates the social and ideological ferment of post-Civil War United States
Mizora : a prophecy by Mary E. Bradley Lane( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 108 libraries worldwide
"This new edition of Mizora, about an 1880's radical feminist utopia, includes a new, extensive introduction that provides a critical apparatus to appropriately place Mizora and author Mary E. Bradley in the cultural and historical context of the nineteenth century. A precursor to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, Mizora is the first all female utopian novel in American literature. The novel follows its heroine Vera Zarovitch, a stalwart, husky woman from the Russian nobility who, after exile to Siberia, withstands the rigors of the Arctic wastelands to become the first woman to reach the North Pole. She becomes caught up in a whirling current that rushes her through walls of amber mists and drops her into the sweet-scented atmosphere of a land lying in the earth's interior - Mizora, a three-thousand-year-old feminist utopia."--Jacket
Utopian Fiction in America, 1880-1900 : the Impact of Political Theory on Literary Form by Jean Pfaelzer( Archival Material )
3 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
A Rebecca Harding Davis Reader "Life in the Iron Mills," Selected Fiction, and Essays by Jean Pfaelzer( Book )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Rebecca Harding Davis was a prolific writer who published chiefly in popular periodicals over the latter half of the nineteenth century. In tales that combine realism with sentimentalism and in topical essays, Davis confronted a wide range of current issues-notably women's problems-as one who knew the frustration caused by the genteel female's helpless social position and barriers against women entering the working world. In an excellent critical introduction, Jean Pfaelzer integrates cultural, historical, and psychological approaches in penetrating readings of Davis's work. She emphasizes ho
Autobiography and subjectivity : constructing the self ( Article )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The sentimental promise and the utopian myth : Rebecca Harding Davis's "The harmonists" and Louisa May Alcott's "Transcendental wild oats." by Jean Pfaelzer( Article )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The Chinese experience in Humboldt County ( visu )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Four video spots on the expulsion of Eureka's Chinese population in the late 19th century
Rebecca Harding Davis : domesticity, social order and the industrial novel by Jean Pfaelzer( Article )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Driven out : the forgotten war against Chinese Americans by Jean Pfaelzer( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The brutal and systematic "ethnic cleansing" of Chinese Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the nineteenth century is a shocking - and virtually unexplored - chapter of American history. [This book] unearths this forgotten episode in our nation's past. Drawing on years of ... research, [the author] reveals how, beginning in 1849, lawless citizens and duplicitous politicians purged dozens of communities of thousands of Chinese residents - and how the victims bravely fought back. In town after town, as races and classes were pitted against one another in the raw and anarchic West, Chinese miners and merchants, lumberjacks and field-workers, prostitutes and merchants' wives, were gathered up at gunpoint and marched out of their homes, sometimes thrown into railroad cars along the very tracks they had built. Here are unforgettable incidents such as the torching of the Chinatown in Antioch, California, after Chinese prostitutes were accused of giving seven white boys syphilis, and a series of lynchings in Los Angeles bizarrely provoked by a Chinese wedding. From the port of Seattle to the mining towns in California's Siskiyou Mountains to "Nigger Alley" in Los Angeles, the first Chinese Americans were hanged, purged, and banished. Chinatowns across the West were burned to the ground. But the Chinese fought back: They filed the first lawsuits for reparations in the United States, sued for the restoration of their property, prosecuted white vigilantes, demanded the right to own land, and, years before Brown v. Board of Education, won access to public education for their children. In order to starve out towns that tried to expel them, Chinese Americans organized strikes and refused to sell vegetables. They ordered arms from China and, with Winchester rifles and Colt revolvers, defended themselves. In 1893, more than 100,000 Chinese Americans refused the government's order to wear photo identity cards to prove their legal status the largest mass civil disobedience in United States history to that point ... In [this book, the author] tells the unknown story of immigrants who, under assault, stood up for their own civil rights and the civil rights of others. This is an account of racial pogroms, purges, roundups, and brutal terror, but also a record of valiant resistance and community.-Dust jacket
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