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        Search for Identity | American Passages: Unit 16

        Learn how women writers of the 1960s and 1970s challenged established conceptions of what it meant to be American in this half-hour video from American Passages. Partly because such works as Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique sold many more copies than publishers had anticipated, literary critics and readers began to take the work of women writers more seriously in the 1960s and 1970s. Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior inspired other women writers grappling with issues of feminine, American, and ethnic identity. Like Kingston, Sandra Cisneros and Leslie Feinberg portrayed in their works characters the reading public had never before encountered.

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