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Author: Hernando Real, Noelia
Date: 2018
Published in: Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, 22, 121-144.
Document type: Article
Abstract: The present paper provides a revision of the concept of vital contact, which gained importance during the Progressive Era, and its gendered division, as applied to Bosworth Crocker‘s plays included in the collection Humble Folk (1923). Taking Crocker‘s plays as case studies, this paper discusses the binary division between tourism narratives and sociological narratives of slumming, which enables the rediscovery of Bosworth Crocker, a long-neglected transatlantic author usually regarded as a minor writer known through her failed marriage to famous critic and scholar Ludwig Lewisohn. Consequently, the present discussion argues how, through her theater, Crocker engaged with social activism, appealing to the social conscience of her audiences/readers and voicing the need to legislate on tenement housing, prostitution, domestic violence and women‘s rights over their own salaries, concerns that marked U.S evolution from Victorian to modern times. Este ensayo revisa el concepto de ―contacto vital,‖ que gozó de importancia en la Era Progresista, y sus diferencias en base al género en las piezas teatrales de Bosworth Crocker recogidas en el volumen Humble Folk (1923). Tomando las obras de Crock...
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Cite: Hernando Real, N. (2018). Vital Contacts: Dramatic Downclassing in Bosworth Crocker’s Humble Folk. Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, 22, 121-144.
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URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11441/85822

DOI: 10.12795/REN.2018.i22.06

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