Treacherous Texts: U.S. Suffrage Literature, 1846-1946

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Mary Chapman, Angela Mills
Rutgers University Press, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 334 pages
Treacherous Texts collects more than sixty literary texts written by smart, savvy writers who experimented with genre, aesthetics, humor, and sex appeal in an effort to persuade American readers to support woman suffrage. Although the suffrage campaign is often associated in popular memory with oratory, this anthology affirms that suffragists recognized early on that literature could also exert a power to move readers to imagine new roles for women in the public sphere.

Uncovering startling affinities between popular literature and propaganda, Treacherous Texts samples a rich, decades-long tradition of suffrage literature created by writers from diverse racial, class, and regional backgrounds. Beginning with sentimental fiction and polemic, progressing through modernist and middlebrow experiments, and concluding with post-ratification memoirs and tributes, this anthology showcases lost and neglected fiction, poetry, drama, literary journalism, and autobiography; it also samples innovative print cultural forms devised for the campaign, such as valentines, banners, and cartoons. Featured writers include canonical figures such as Stowe, Fern, Alcott, Gilman, Djuna Barnes, Marianne Moore, Millay, Sui Sin Far, and Gertrude Stein, as well as writers popular in their day but, until now, lost to ours.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introduction
10
Petition for Womans Rights 1846
18
Speech at Akron Ohio Womans Rights Convention 1851
24
Independence 1859
41
Aunt Chloes Politics 1871
47
Cupid and ChowChow 1872
62
Trottys Lecture Bureau 1877
74
Women Do Not Want It 1897
177
Portia Politics 19111912
186
Disfranchisement from Mother Goose as a Suffragette 1912
192
The Arrest of Suffrage 1912
200
Brother Baptis on Woman Suffrage 1912
206
A Suffrage Playlet in One Act and an AfterAct 1913
220
How it Feels to be the Husband of a Suffragette 1914
231
A Plea for Suffrage 1915
239

Fettered for Life or Lord and Master 1874
86
Another Chapter ofThe Bostonians 1887
100
A Child of the Forest 1891
108
Introduction
114
Votes for Women 1907
120
The March of the Women 1911
134
How it Feels to be Forcibly Fed 1914
148
The Oppression of Women 1915
163
Introduction
170
The Sturdy Oak chapter 7 1917
254
For RentOne Pedestal 1917
263
President Wilson says Godspeed to the Cause Cartoon 1917
270
Telling the Truth at the White House 1917
279
PART IV
289
Upon this marble bust that is not I 1923
298
The Mother of Us All 1946
306
Selected Bibliography of U S Suffrage Literature
321
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Mary Chapman is an associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia. She is the coeditor of Sentimental Men: Masculinity and the Politics of Affect in American Culture.

Angela Mills is a former assistant professor of English at Brock University.

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