Tongue of Fire

Emma Goldman, Public Womanhood, and the Sex Question

Donna M. Kowal
eISBN-13: 9781438459752

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Finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in the Women's Studies category
Winner of the 2017 Everett Lee Hunt Award presented by the Eastern Communication Association<

Silver Medalist, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Women's Issues Category

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.

ISBNs 9781438459745, 1438459750, 9781438459752
Language English
Number of Pages 222