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4-28-2020

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The Vietnam Era is marked in our history books as a time of radical and prolific change for many groups within American society. Many historians and cultural critics view events such as the Vietnam War, the Anti-War Movement, and the Second Wave of Feminism as being singular and fail to recognize the interconnectedness of said events. In my research, I highlight the way in which the Second Feminist Movement unfolded within the Anti-Vietnam War Movement, viewing them as connected and removing them from their confined historical boxes. To show the reflection of this phenomenon in literature I argue that the development of the feminist cause through the anti-war movements can be seen in Denise Levertov's poem An Interim and Adrienne Richs's poem Trying to Talk With a Man, two poems in which the content has also been regarded as either only anti-war or only feministic. In these two poems, Levertov and Rich use each movement to consider the other by intertwining both anti-war and feminist ideology.

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Apr 28th, 12:00 AM

War Re-Sisters: Poetry and the Coevolution of Anti-Vietnam War Movements and America's Second Wave of Feminism

The Vietnam Era is marked in our history books as a time of radical and prolific change for many groups within American society. Many historians and cultural critics view events such as the Vietnam War, the Anti-War Movement, and the Second Wave of Feminism as being singular and fail to recognize the interconnectedness of said events. In my research, I highlight the way in which the Second Feminist Movement unfolded within the Anti-Vietnam War Movement, viewing them as connected and removing them from their confined historical boxes. To show the reflection of this phenomenon in literature I argue that the development of the feminist cause through the anti-war movements can be seen in Denise Levertov's poem An Interim and Adrienne Richs's poem Trying to Talk With a Man, two poems in which the content has also been regarded as either only anti-war or only feministic. In these two poems, Levertov and Rich use each movement to consider the other by intertwining both anti-war and feminist ideology.