Brenda Ueland : early feminist and writing theorist Public Deposited

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  • Brenda Ueland is a writer whose most noted work is a book which explains her theory about how to write. She also published an autobiography and a co11ection of essays as well as achieving some notoriety as a magazine writer to the twenties and thirties. Ueland's writing theory is based on the premise that all people have a natural desire to express themselves in writing. In her book about writing she explains her belief that all people have the potential to write as an expression of their natural, creative instincts. Ueland's theory identifies her as an Expressionist in terms of contemporary rhetorical theories. Considered eccentric by her family and friends, Ueland chose to live a life that demonstrated a desire for independence and equal treatment as a woman in a male-dominated society. Ueland's attitudes and ideas about choosing a lifestyle not within the bonds of the conventional expectations of marriage identified her with feminist ideals. Although feminism as a recognized movement was to come later, Ueland felt that equal work required equal pay, and, therefore, she objected to the inequalities in salaries based on gender. Ueland also tried to define herself in terms of her own accomplishments and not through her husband's career. In her published works Ueland not only teaches about writing as a form of self-expression, she also shares her search to discover her personal beliefs and values as an inspiration to other people who want to write.
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