Review: Bread Givers

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

I’m not quite sure how I feel about reading fiction in a history class. I mean, I understand the reasoning—if a novel or short story is auto-biographical, then it, obviously, reflects its historical time period—but I still feel a little unsure about reading “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” in a solely historical context. That’s probably because it’s impossible for me, the Literature major who took so many Literature courses they won’t let her take anymore, to discuss fiction without digging. So, on the one hand, it’s good for me, because I love talking books; on the other hand, I’m still a little confused. But perhaps our discussion of Anzia Yezierska’s novel will help me see the light…

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