The Bitch Is Back: A Reappraisal of Mary McCarthy for the 21st Century
Abrams, Sabrina Fuchs
Corresponding AuthorAbrams, Sabrina Fuchs
Year Published2020
Abstract in English

This introduction to the Mary McCarthy special issue of Women's Studies asks, why Mary McCarthy? Why now? Mary McCarthy is one of America's leading women intellectuals - fiction writer, literary and cultural critic, editor, and public intellectual. Her career spanned over fifty years as theatre editor of Partisan Review; autobiographical writer of Memories of a Catholic Girlhood and the later Intellectual Memoirs and How I Grew; best-selling novelist of The Group; satirist of the New York intellectual scene in The Oasis and The Groves of Academe; public intellectual and reporter on the war in Vietnam, the Medina Trial, and the Watergate Hearings; and recipient of the National Medal for Literature and the MacDowell Medal. Yet her literary and critical contribution have been largely eclipsed by her cultural celebrity as a sharp wit with an acerbic tongue, striking good looks, and a penchant for taking on taboo subjects of female sexuality. This essay looks at how limited gender expectations have shaped McCarthy's reputation as a "modern American bitch" and "our leading bitch-intellectual," and why new feminist readers are ready to embrace her distinction as a smart, sharp, sexy woman of wit

Indexed ByAHCI
WOS IDWOS:000549054600001
WOS SubjectHumanities, Multidisciplinary
WOS Research AreaArts & Humanities - Other Topics
Document Type期刊论文
AffiliationSUNY Empire State Coll, 325 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013 USA
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Abrams, Sabrina Fuchs. The Bitch Is Back: A Reappraisal of Mary McCarthy for the 21st Century[J],2020,49(4):347-359.
APA Abrams, Sabrina Fuchs.(2020).The Bitch Is Back: A Reappraisal of Mary McCarthy for the 21st Century.WOMENS STUDIES-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL,49(4),347-359.
MLA Abrams, Sabrina Fuchs."The Bitch Is Back: A Reappraisal of Mary McCarthy for the 21st Century".WOMENS STUDIES-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL 49.4(2020):347-359.
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