Month: April 2019

Rachel Carson: A Woman’s Voice for the Planet, American (1907-1964) by Theresa C. Dintino

When most people think of Rachel Carson, they think of her groundbreaking work Silent Spring which is largely credited for helping to launch the environmental movement and through which she is often said to have “saved the birds.” This “battle cry” book urging us to take a closer look at the use of chemical pesticides led to regulations and restrictions still in place today and the eventual establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.  But what I know and love Rachel Carson best for is her book, The Sea Around Us, in which she speaks of the ocean in eloquent...

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Maxine Hong Kingston: A Great American Writer, Chinese American (b.1940)

I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes (WW 29) Though we could easily be misled to think the only Woman Warrior in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior is the character of Fa Mu Lan, the fabled woman who trained as a warrior, dressed as a man and triumphed in battle to save her family and village, all the women in the book are warriors in their own way. Kingston shares the story of her aunt, left behind by her husband in China, who was raped and...

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Collective Restoration: Bring Us Back!

Margaret Fuller’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work published in America. Margaret has a lengthy list of firsts to her credit. These include first female literary critic, first woman allowed to conduct research in the Harvard College library, first female journalist for the New York Tribune, first female foreign correspondent and war correspondent to serve under combat conditions. These are some of her accomplishments, but they do not begin to describe the person she was, a woman once encountered, not forgotten. Read Maria Dintino’s #nastywomenwriters piece on Margaret Fuller here. So why was...

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