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Participant name: Erin Smith

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FT-278842-21Research Programs: Summer StipendsErin A. SmithRereading American Women's Crime Fiction of the Cold War6/15/2021 - 8/14/2021$6,000.00ErinA.Smith   University of Texas, DallasRichardsonTX75080-3021USA2021American StudiesSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Archival research relating to a book on women’s genre fiction in the cold war era.

Feminine Noir?: Rereading American Women’s Crime Fiction of the Cold War is a scholarly monograph-in-progress. I have three purposes: (1) to think about women’s crime fiction as cultural documents of the Cold War that engage with what historian Elaine Tyler May calls “domestic containment”; (2) to present a comparative reception study of these books in their Cold War pulp paperback formats and in their contemporary feminist reprints; and (3) to rewrite the history of American crime fiction to more accurately reflect the centrality of women writers. Using a history of the book approach, I argue that these books illuminated how women navigated a society in which literal and symbolic violence against women and children was quite ordinary, and state authorities were often indifferent or hostile to the victims. In an era before second-wave feminism made cultural conversations about rape, sexual violence, and child abuse public, these texts engaged precisely those issues.

FT-47099-02Research Programs: Summer StipendsErin A. SmithSouls and Commodities: Spirituality and Print Culture in 20th-Century America5/1/2002 - 9/30/2002$5,000.00ErinA.Smith   University of Texas, DallasRichardsonTX75080-3021USA2002American StudiesSummer StipendsResearch Programs5000050000

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