Inspired by her life history, Maryann DiEdwardo gathers the voices.As editor, I feel that it is essential to argue that we are asking for more pedagogical applications of American Women writers. The book that emerges is not just a story of long hours, little pay, and hazardous working conditions; it is also the uniquely American story of women writers working together to make a new life for themselves. It is a story of hardship and sacrifice, yet also of triumph and the fulfillment of hopes and dreams.
Maryann is the award-winning poet, teacher, Professor, artist and author.
The central purpose of American Women Writers, Poetics, and The Nature of Gender Study is to record our applications of the poetic model in American Women’s Literature writing and literature studies. Conclusively, feminist ideas can not be perpetuated without writing about or representing women, gendered practice or gendered identity. Core courses such as American Women Writers will promote critical reformulations by which feminism challenges and critical literary discussions can be integrated into research on Native American Heroines such as Pocahontas. By nature, writing about an assimilated woman who is a mythic figure casts a cloud of dust on our American past.
My afterword argues that courses which focus on Zora Neale Hurston and Stephanie Watts center upon observation of themes of redemption and place memory through poetics. Messages through language resound to bridge story to level of transformative literary message. Readers change by receiving message through metaphorical language patterns. Through rhetorical analysis, we observe the similarities and envision Watts as a reflection of the message of Hurston.
My story begins with the inspiration from Alice Walker who has been the reason for my study of Zora Neale Hurston. For Alice presented a paper for the Modern Language Association on the benefits of the writing of Zora. Alice also found her unmarked grave. In the new book entitled Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade, Virginia Lynn Moylan “scholars and the public have rediscovered Hurston’s work and conscientiously researcher her biography” (cover).Zora Neale Hurston was known during the Harlem Renaissance for her wit, irreverence, and folk writing style and Stephanie Watts, current living Southern author, winner of the Pushcart Prize, has received the Southern Women Writers Conference’s emerging writer of the year award in fiction. Watts teaches at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “Unassigned Territory” received the Pushcart Prize and a citation from Best American Short Stories.
We argue that studies of feminist literature transform. Let us celebrate the works of women. In 1963, Dian Fossey the great american naturalist traveled from her American home in Kentucky to Central Africa in a quest to fulfill her dream to study the mountain gorilla. Little was known of the great species of gorilla and Miss Fossey sought to attain facts to correct scientific reports in journals of the time and launch an effort to preserve the beautiful creatures. She studied and logged the life and interactions of the mountain gorillas and compiled her notes daily in the naturalistic manner. Her contemporaries included Joy Adamson and Jane Goodall. She compiled the writing in her book Gorillas in the Midst which was published in 1983, exposing the poachers who prey on the mountain gorillas. In 1985 she was murdered by poachers. In 1988, the story was made into a film staring Signourney Weaver.
Feminist ideals can not be perpetuated without writing about or representing women, gendered practice, or gendered identity. Certainly, Cather, Morrison and Ehrenreich represent the historical development of feminism, but to the writing student, the complex concepts only reach as far as my students have developed in their own ideologies.