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Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine
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  • 15 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 250 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.54 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 813/.52
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PS3507.O743 Z549 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Dos Passos, John,--1896-1970--Characters--Women
    • Fiction--Psychological aspects
    • Femininity in literature
    • Psychology in literature
    • Women in literature

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521620253 | ISBN-10: 0521620252)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published September 1998

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$118.00 (C)

Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine is an original contribution to traditional Dos Passos scholarship, which tends to focus on the author's political agenda. In this book, Janet Casey takes a cultural studies approach that situates both the author and his finest fiction in relation to representations and theorizations of gender in the 1920s and 1930s. Its primary focus is the manner in which Dos Passos responds to prevalent ideas about the feminine, as well as the way that such ideas have affected his ongoing reputation.


Introduction; 1. Critical Legacies: Political, Literary, Personal; 2. Framing the Issues: The Feminine in the Early Fiction; 3. Manhattan transfer and 'The Center of Things'; 4. Ideology, the feminine, and USA.

Prize Winner

the 1999 Modern Language Association's Prize for Independent Scholars


"Carefully researched and very well written, this is a welcome addition to Dos Passos scholarship." Choice

"Casey's book offers...a model for analyzing `the multiple and often conflicting strains' of ideology that inform Dos Passos's major works and continue to shape his literary reputation." Mark Eaton, Modern Fiction Studies

"Casey's book provides a strikingly new...explanation for the peculiar fate of Dos Passos' literary reputation. Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine is an enormous contribution to Dos Passos scholarship....scholarship will be indebted to [Casey] for this groundbreaking study." Seth Moglen, John Dos Passos Newsletter

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