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Emancipating the Passive Muse: A Call for a Feminist Approach to Writing Biographies on Historical Women

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dc.contributor.author Seethaler, Ina C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-13T12:58:10Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-13T12:58:10Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Seethaler, Ina C.. 2018. "Emancipating the Passive Muse: A Call for a Feminist Approach to Writing Biographies on Historical Women." Journal of Feminist Scholarship 15 (Fall): 37-48 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 8. https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jfs/vol15/iss15/4
dc.identifier.uri https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1131&context=jfs
dc.identifier.uri http://awdflibrary.org:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/958
dc.description.abstract This essay analyzes two popular biographies on historical women to interrogate how a focus on gender has shaped the genre: Nancy Ruben Stuart’s The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation (2008) and Jung Chang’s Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China (2013). I argue that biographers who perpetuate gender stereotypes miss a momentous opportunity during the current life writing boom in the United States to educate readers on women’s social, cultural, and political contributions worldwide. In proposing that feminist-informed biographies are more accurate, complete, and make social and cultural interventions, I discuss how these texts celebrate women’s abilities and successes and, thus, counter patriarchal interpretations of history en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Feminist Scholarship en_US
dc.subject biography en_US
dc.subject historical women en_US
dc.subject life writing en_US
dc.subject gender studies en_US
dc.subject Feminism en_US
dc.title Emancipating the Passive Muse: A Call for a Feminist Approach to Writing Biographies on Historical Women en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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