THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY AND VIDA LAUNCH HISTORIC "CORRECTIVE CANON”

The Feminist Press and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts have partnered to introduce a “corrective canon,” featuring as its inaugural author Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, Sarah Schulman.

Schulman’s seventeenth book The Cosmopolitans (March 2015) will be made available for use by CUNY students and faculty in the upcoming semester.

In The Cosmopolitans Sarah Schulman recaptures the texture, beat, and soul of 1950s New York when it was an open city, energized by difference. Harmonizing two classic novels, Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac (1846) and Another Country by James Baldwin (1962), Schulman vitally juxtaposes complex, nuanced representations of interracial living across sexualities, in intimate relationships created by refugees from uncomprehending backgrounds.

“With this book, we want to begin to assert a ‘corrective canon,’” says Feminist Press Executive Director and Publisher Jennifer Baumgardner. “Literature that concerns itself with all of humanity is the crucial literature to study today.”

“VIDA’s mission is to encourage conversation about gender parity, as well as developing awareness of issues related to race, sexual orientation, and disability, in the contemporary literary landscape and to support efforts to correct the imbalances revealed by the VIDA Count,” explains VIDA board member, author, and professor Melissa Febos. “This ‘corrective canon’ does both, in addition to addressing the patriarchal literary legacy that led to these imbalances.”

The Cosmopolitans is a beautifully written, expertly researched book that is relevant for today’s students and to a variety of academic disciplines,” says CUNY’s Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz. “I am delighted to help raise awareness of the outstanding work of our distinguished professors throughout the university, especially among CUNY students.” 

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