Cultural Production and the Politics of Women’s Work in American Film and Literature
New Books in American StudiesNew Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in CommunicationsNew Books in Critical TheoryNew Books in FilmNew Books in Gender StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & Society August 12, 2019 Dave O'Brien
How does thinking about gender and work help to rethink cultural hierarchies? In Cultural Production and the Politics of Women’s Work in American Film and Literature (Routledge, 2019), Polina Kroik, who teaches at Fordham University and Baruch College, CUNY, explores the relationship between work and gender in American culture. The book offers a wide-ranging discussion, from early twentieth century literature to the Hollywood studio system of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as mid-century literary publishing and contemporary television. The book analyses a wealth of well-known authors and examples, including Sylvia Plath and Mad Men, as well as figures, such as Nella Larsen, who have seen less public attention. The book is essential reading across humanities and social sciences, as well as for anyone interested in gender, race, and culture.