This Strange Society of Women: Reading the Letters and Lives of the Womens Commonwealth Sally L. Kitch

ISBN: 9780814205792

Published: November 1st 1992

Hardcover

391 pages


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This Strange Society of Women: Reading the Letters and Lives of the Womens Commonwealth  by  Sally L. Kitch

This Strange Society of Women: Reading the Letters and Lives of the Womens Commonwealth by Sally L. Kitch
November 1st 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 391 pages | ISBN: 9780814205792 | 4.77 Mb

Sally Kitchs study tells the story of an unusual, all-female urban utopian community founded in the late nineteenth century in Belton, Texas. The Womans Commonwealth combined an ideology of celibacy with traditional business practices to achieveMoreSally Kitchs study tells the story of an unusual, all-female urban utopian community founded in the late nineteenth century in Belton, Texas.

The Womans Commonwealth combined an ideology of celibacy with traditional business practices to achieve womens economic independence. Based on a large collection of personal letters exchanged among the groups 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 Whereas most studies of womens letters have focused primarily on their role as historical documents, this book explores the symbolic or literary characteristics of the correspondence and applies narrative theory to its interpretation.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 Commonwealths 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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