Socioeconomic Subordination and Misogyny in the Progessive Left: Women at Black Mountain College, 1933-1957

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Keira Roberson (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Grant Hardy

Abstract: Black Mountain College was an institution that existed between the years 1933 and 1957 that aimed to facilitate the practice and study of art. It has been lauded in recent years for its incorporation of democratic practices, the progressive attitudes of its community, and the artists that emerged from the school. However, Black Mountain College scholars have neglected to acknowledge the poor treatment of women at the institution. The college often reinforced gender norms, neglected women’s issues, and mistreated the female members of its community. These factors are made apparent through the analysis of wage gaps, dress codes, position titles, the community’s approach to sexuality, and situations in which a female employees became the scapegoat for an issue. This essay will discuss each of these variables and the broader reflection they cast on Black Mountain College community.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Black Mountain College, gender norms, sexual discrimination

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