In love and struggle: letters in contemporary feminism
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. 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. Her book follows several compelling feminist relationships sustained through writing and confronts the mixed messages of the "open letter" that complicated political relations among women. 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.
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Introduction The Feminist World of Love and Ritual
Love Letters to a New Me
Feminist Epistolary Romance
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