Kathlene McDonald is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the City College of New York Center for Worker Education/CUNY. Her work considers the relationship between class, culture, and politics in twentieth-century United States literature. McDonald’s first book, Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture, examines the cultural work of women writers on the Left in the United States in the years immediately following World War II. She argues that these cultural works anticipate issues about women’s cultural and ideological oppression and the intersections of gender, race, and class that would become central tenants of feminist literary criticism and black feminist criticism in the 1970s and ‘80s. She has also published articles in various journals and edited volumes, including Black Scholar, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States, Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, and Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society.
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