Calling Home: Working-class Women's Writings : an Anthology

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Janet Zandy
Rutgers University Press, 1990 - 366 стор.
Working-class women are the majority of women in the United States, and yet their work and their culture are rarely visible. Calling Home is an anthology of writings by and about working-class women. Over fifty selections represent the ethnic, racial, and geographic diversity of working-class experience. This is writing grounded in social history, not in the academy. Traditional boundaries of genre and periodization collapse in this collection, which includes reportage, oral histories, speeches, songs, and letters, as well as poetry, stories, and essays. The divisions in this collection - telling stories, bearing witness, celebrating solidarity - address the distinction of "by" or "about" working-class women, and show the connections between individual identity and collective sensibility in a common history of struggle for economic justice.

The geography of home, identity, parents, sex, motherhood, the dominance of the job, the overlapping of private and public worlds, the promise of solidarity and community are a few of the themes of this book. Here is a chorus of working class women's voices: Sandra Cisneros, Barbara Garson, Meridel Le Sueur, Tillie Olsen, Barbara Smith, Endesha I. M. Holland, Mother Jones, Nellie Wong, Agnes Smedley, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Sharon Doubiago, Carol Tarlen, Hazel Hall, Margaret Randall, Judy Grahn, and many others!

The aesthetic impulse is shaped by class, but not limited to one ruling class. What connects these writers is a collective consciousness, a class, which rejects bondage and lays claim to liberation through all the possibilities of language. Calling Home is illustrated with family photographs as well as images of working women by professional photographers.

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Part One Telling Stories
15
Aliene WalserVictoria Byerly
21
AM A WOMAN WORKER
44
THE GEOGRAPHY OF HOME
68
ENCLOSURESEXPOSURES
79
Part Two Bearing Witness
87
Mother Mary Jones
105
Helen Potrebenko
111
Meridel Le Sueur
205
THE
216
Susan Eisenberg
240
OLD
254
Part Three Celebrating Solidarity
267
Tillie Olsen
274
Donna Langston
281
COMMON VOICES
314

Clara Sullivan
124
Donna Langston
130
Dorothy Allison
138
Janet Zandy
153
Agnes Smedley
164
Helena Maria Viramontes
198
TRANSFORMATIONS
321
Contributors
341
Select Bibliography
351
Name Index
363
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