Single Lives: Modern Women in Literature, Culture, and Film (Paperback)

Single Lives: Modern Women in Literature, Culture, and Film By Katherine Fama (Editor), Jorie Lagerwey (Editor), Katherine Fama (Contributions by), Jorie Lagerwey (Contributions by), Andreá N. Williams (Contributions by), Jennifer S. Clark (Contributions by), Elizabeth DeWolfe (Contributions by), Pamela Robertson Wojcik (Contributions by), Martina Mastandrea (Contributions by), Kristin Celello (Contributions by), Ursula Kania (Contributions by), Emma Liggins (Contributions by), Ann Mattis (Contributions by), Benjamin Kahan (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Katherine Fama (Editor), Jorie Lagerwey (Editor), Katherine Fama (Contributions by), Jorie Lagerwey (Contributions by), Andreá N. Williams (Contributions by), Jennifer S. Clark (Contributions by), Elizabeth DeWolfe (Contributions by), Pamela Robertson Wojcik (Contributions by), Martina Mastandrea (Contributions by), Kristin Celello (Contributions by), Ursula Kania (Contributions by), Emma Liggins (Contributions by), Ann Mattis (Contributions by), Benjamin Kahan (Afterword by)
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Single Lives is a collection of singleness studies essays from the interdisciplinary humanities that explores the last two hundred years of literature and popular media by, about, and for single women in the US and the UK. Independent women have always been a center around which social anxieties and excitement coalesced. Moving between the family home and domestic independence, between household and public labor, and between celibacy and a range of sexual relations, the single woman remains a literary and cultural focus, as she has been from the 19th to the 21st centuries. This collection offers readers the opportunity to uncover the social, political, economic, and cultural connections between the "singly blessed" women and "bachelor girls" of the 19th and early 20th century and "all the single ladies" of the 21st century. Essays read singleness across genre and field, offering new approaches to studying modern and contemporary single women in literature, film, and history. Authors engage scholarship from wide ranging fields of social history, women's studies, queer theory, and Black feminism. The collection reads familiar texts against the grain, rethinking archival resources, revisiting familiar figures, and exploring new sources: cookbooks, ephemera, personal documents, recovered film histories, and forms of domestic space and labor.This is a book for scholars of gender and sexuality, social history, feminist film and media scholars, and literary historians, and reflects the urgent contemporary interest in single women as a political, economic, and cultural force. 
 

About the Author


KATHERINE FAMA is an assistant professor of American literature in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin in Ireland.

JORIE LAGERWEY is an associate professor in television studies at University College Dublin in Ireland. She is the author, with Taylor Nygaard, of Horrible White People: Gender, Genre, and Television’s Precarious Whiteness and Postfeminist Celebrity and Motherhood: Brand Mom.

 

Praise For…


"Single Lives, focusing on a wide range of British and American texts from the nineteenth to the present century, makes a timely feminist intervention into ongoing critical conversations about the representation of women’s singleness. This engaging interdisciplinary collection, which foregrounds diverse embodiments of singleness, revisits familiar figures, and promotes expanded methods and sources to better understand single women’s lived experiences, promises to greatly enrich the field of singleness studies."
— Anthea Taylor

"Drawing from wide-ranging disciplines and spanning a century of British and American history, Single Lives offers an original and engrossing analysis of how the figure of the single woman stands as an implicit challenge to the norm of the patriarchal nuclear family."


— Kathleen Rowe Karlyn

"Single Lives, focusing on a wide range of British and American texts from the nineteenth to the present century, makes a timely feminist intervention into ongoing critical conversations about the representation of women’s singleness. This engaging interdisciplinary collection, which foregrounds diverse embodiments of singleness, revisits familiar figures, and promotes expanded methods and sources to better understand single women’s lived experiences, promises to greatly enrich the field of singleness studies."
— Anthea Taylor

"Drawing from wide-ranging disciplines and spanning a century of British and American history, Single Lives offers an original and engrossing analysis of how the figure of the single woman stands as an implicit challenge to the norm of the patriarchal nuclear family."


— Kathleen Rowe Karlyn


Product Details
ISBN: 9781978828513
ISBN-10: 1978828519
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: May 13th, 2022
Pages: 250
Language: English
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