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The Resource This strange society of women : reading the letters and lives of the Woman's Commonwealth, Sally L. Kitch

This strange society of women : reading the letters and lives of the Woman's Commonwealth, Sally L. Kitch

Label
This strange society of women : reading the letters and lives of the Woman's Commonwealth
Title
This strange society of women
Title remainder
reading the letters and lives of the Woman's Commonwealth
Statement of responsibility
Sally L. Kitch
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Sally Kitch's study tells the story of an unusual, all-female urban utopian community founded in the late nineteenth century in Belton, Texas. The Woman's Commonwealth combined an ideology of celibacy with traditional business practices to achieve women's economic independence. Based on a large collection of personal letters exchanged among the group's twenty to twenty-five members, primarily mothers and their daughters, the book functions on several levels. First, it
  • Chronicles the history and beliefs of the community, its business enterprises - successful hotels and boardinghouses - and the personalities and relationships of its members. Second, Kitch considers the role of the letters themselves in the formation, maintenance, and ultimate dissolution of the group. Whereas most studies of women's letters have focused primarily on their role as historical documents, this book explores the symbolic or literary characteristics of the
  • Correspondence and applies narrative theory to its interpretation. Finally, Kitch assesses the community from various feminist theoretical perspectives and considers the Commonwealth's significance to modern feminism. For readers interested in feminism, American history and religion, utopian studies, cross-generational relationships, and for those who study letters or diaries as keys to understanding history and society, This Strange Society of Women offers a new way of
  • Examining early feminist communities and their importance to the history of American women
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DLC
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Kitch, Sally
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Helen Hooven Santmyer prize winner
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Woman's Commonwealth (Belton, Tex.)
  • Celibacy
  • Collective settlements
Label
This strange society of women : reading the letters and lives of the Woman's Commonwealth, Sally L. Kitch
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Ladies' Delight -- I. Crosses and Losses. 1. "I Am Tired of All This Christianity": 1866-1897. 2. "Different from Anything We Ever Seen Before": On the Road, 1897-1898. 3. "As If It All Belonged to Me": From Belton to Washington, 1898-1899. 4. "The Time Has Come We Are Obliged to Go to Work": 1900-1983 -- II. Sunshine and Shadow. 5. "Simple Faith and Shrewd Common Sense": A Group Portrait. 6. Martha White McWhirter: "The Great Spartan Mother" 7. The Haymonds: Seduced and Abandoned. 8. The Henrys and the Schebles; Loyalty and Absence. 9. The Johnsons and the Pratts: Of Mind and Flesh -- III. Grape Vine. 10. Narrative and Community. 11. Community and the Dream Texts -- IV. Radical Rose. 12. "Objects of Special Care and Love": Intergenerational Relationships. 13. Conclusion: "Everything Is Shewn in Favor of Men" -- Appendix A: Commonwealth Membership -- Appendix B: Commonwealth Property
Control code
25675080
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 391 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780814205792
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92012216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1499324
Label
This strange society of women : reading the letters and lives of the Woman's Commonwealth, Sally L. Kitch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Ladies' Delight -- I. Crosses and Losses. 1. "I Am Tired of All This Christianity": 1866-1897. 2. "Different from Anything We Ever Seen Before": On the Road, 1897-1898. 3. "As If It All Belonged to Me": From Belton to Washington, 1898-1899. 4. "The Time Has Come We Are Obliged to Go to Work": 1900-1983 -- II. Sunshine and Shadow. 5. "Simple Faith and Shrewd Common Sense": A Group Portrait. 6. Martha White McWhirter: "The Great Spartan Mother" 7. The Haymonds: Seduced and Abandoned. 8. The Henrys and the Schebles; Loyalty and Absence. 9. The Johnsons and the Pratts: Of Mind and Flesh -- III. Grape Vine. 10. Narrative and Community. 11. Community and the Dream Texts -- IV. Radical Rose. 12. "Objects of Special Care and Love": Intergenerational Relationships. 13. Conclusion: "Everything Is Shewn in Favor of Men" -- Appendix A: Commonwealth Membership -- Appendix B: Commonwealth Property
Control code
25675080
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 391 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780814205792
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92012216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1499324

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