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The Feminization of American Culture seeks to explain the values prevalent in today's mass culture by tracing them back to their roots in the Victorian era. As religion lost its hold on the public mind, clergymen and educated women, powerless and insignificant in the society of the time, together profoundly affected the only areas open to their influence, the arts and literature, and women wrote books that idealized the very qualities that kept them powerless - timidity, piety, and a disdain for competition. These sentimental values continue to influence modern culture, preoccupied as it is with glamour, banal melodrama, and mindless consumption.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374525583
ISBN-10: 0374525587
Format: Paperback / softback
(222mm x 157mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ann Douglas

Ann Douglas, author of "Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s," has taught American studies at Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, where she is now Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She lives in New York City.

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