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Midwestern Anarchist Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century

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posted on 2019-06-10, 18:08 authored by Michelle Marie CampbellMichelle Marie Campbell
Through examining the common themes in the writings of five anarchist women writers, I argue their writings are representative of ideological regionalism, or the convergence of factors that give rise to a political ideology that is then expounded through the literary production of a particular time and place. I analyze the economic, sexual, and “religious” politics across fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, connecting arguments about class, individualism, feminism, and anarchism to a foundation of Midwestern cultural ideology. Ultimately, I argue that economic, political, and historical conditions promulgated an exceptionalist American anarchism rooted in settler anti-statism.


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • English

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Christian Knoeller

Additional Committee Member 2

Bill V. Mullen

Additional Committee Member 3

Jesse Cohn

Additional Committee Member 4

Derek Pacheco

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