Tongue of Fire : Emma Goldman, Public Womanhood, and the Sex Question

51dzS+TwSrL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Donna M Kowal
Isbn 9781438459738
File size 1.94MB
Year 2016
Pages 222
Language English
File format PDF
Category Biography

Book Description:

In this book, Donna M. Kowal examines the speeches and writings of the Most Dangerous Woman in the World within the context of shifting gender roles in early twentieth-century America. As the notorious leader of the American anarchist movement, Emma Goldman captured newspaper headlines across the country as she urged audiences to reject authority and aspire for individual autonomy. A public woman in a time when to be public and a woman was a paradox, Goldman spoke and wrote openly about distinctly private matters, including sexuality, free love, and birth control. Recognizing women s bodies as a site of struggle for autonomy, she created a discursive space for women to engage in the public sphere and act as sexual agents. In turn, her ideas contributed to the rise of a feminist consciousness that recognized the personal as political and rejected dualistic notions of gender and sex."


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