Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism

Hardcover | April 16, 2014

byMary Chapman

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For most people, the US suffrage campaign is encapsulated in images of orators such as the tightly coifed Susan B. Anthony, the wimpled Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others who hectored for women's rights throughout the nineteenth century. The campaign to secure the vote for US women, however,was also a modern and print-cultural phenomenon, waged with humor, style, and creativity.In this fascinating cultural history, Mary Chapman demonstrates the importance of the aesthetically innovative print culture produced by US suffragists in the two decades leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment, seven decades after women's rights activists first met at Seneca Falls. Acentury before the advent of "social media", suffragists mobilized the masses [fashioned a "suffragist spring" through creative forms of propaganda including advocacy journals, guest-edited mainstream magazines, banners, voiceless speech placards, publicity stunts, poetry, and fiction. Thesepropaganda forms made the public sphere much more inclusive even as they also perpetuated an image of the suffragist New Woman as native-born, white, and middle-class.Making Noise, Making News also understands modern suffragist print culture as a demonstrable link between the Progressive Era's political campaign for a voice in the public sphere and Modernism's aesthetic efforts to re-imagine literary voice. Chapman charts a relationship between modern suffragistprint cultural "noise" and what literary modernists understood by "making it new!", asserting that the experimental tactics of US suffrage print culture contributed to, and even anticipated, the formal innovations of US literary modernism. Drawing on little-known archives and featuring over twenty visually stunning illustrations, Making Noise, Making News provides startling documentation of Marianne Moore's closeted career as a suffrage propagandist, the persuasive effects of Algonquin Table's Alice Duer Miller's popular poetrycolumn, Asian-American author Sui Sin Far's challenge to the racism and classism of modern suffragism, and Gertrude Stein's midcentury recognition of intersections between suffrage discourse and literary modernism.

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For most people, the US suffrage campaign is encapsulated in images of orators such as the tightly coifed Susan B. Anthony, the wimpled Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others who hectored for women's rights throughout the nineteenth century. The campaign to secure the vote for US women, however,was also a modern and print-cultural phenomen...

Mary Chapman is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. She is the coeditor of Treacherous Texts: U.S. Suffrage Literature 1846-1946 (Rutgers UP, 2011).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Throwing the Voice and Making It New1. "Seditious Organs": The Noise of Modern Suffrage Print Culture2. "Voiceless" Speech: The Silence of Modern Suffrage Print Culture3. "Magpie Habit": Quotation and Ventriloquism in Alice Duer Miller's Are Women People?4. Miss Marianne Moore: "Bulldoggy" on Suffrage5. "Straight Talk, And Quick talk": Conversation as a Politic in Modern Suffrage Fiction6. Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far's "Revolutions in Ink: Print Cultural Alternatives to U.S. Suffrage DiscourseCODA: Genealogies of Modernism and Suffrage: The Mother[s] of Us AllNotesBibliographyIndex