Space occupied: women poet-editors and the mimeograph revolution in mid-century New York City

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This essay explores the formative but largely unacknowledged role played by women in shaping the material and intellectual cultural productions of the mimeograph revolution in mid-century New York City. I argue that women poets used their positions as editors of little magazines to claim space – material, textual, cultural, and metaphorical – in literary and social networks in which they faced gendered marginalization. I suggest that the varied success with which they were able to do so reveals the complexities of editing, the uneven nature of the influences of gender, the determining role of domestic spaces, and the significance of affective labor in relation to the mimeograph revolution.


Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of American Studies
Early online date17 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Aug 2020