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Box 2 - Biographical – scholarly writings about Dix and her work; journal articles, research papers, thesis, dissertations, books and videos

Folder 3 of 18

21 items

Scholarly writings about Dix and her work

1. “Footnote to History: The Wisdom of Dorothy Dix,” by Mary C. Mees. The Historical New Orleans Collection Quarterly, Spring 2000, v. XVIII, (2) p.7.

2. “Featured Collection: The Dorothy Dix Collection, F.G. Woodward Library, Austin Peay State University,” by Inga A. Filippo. Tennessee Librarian, Fall 1995 v. 47(4) pp. 7-10.

3. “Dear Dorothy Dix,” by Carol Reuss. New Orleans Review, Spring 1988 pp. 77-83.

4. “Should I Help A Gentleman On With His Coat? Dorothy Dix 1861-1951.” Their Adventurous Will, by Diane M. Moore. Lafayette, Louisiana, Academic Press, 1984, pp.42-54 (book chapter).

5. “Dorothy Dix: The Thirteenth Juror,” by Margaret Culley. International Journal of Women’s Studies, v. 2 (4) pp.349-357.

6. “’Mother Confessor to Millions:’ The Life and Work of Dorothy Dix,” by Lee Wilson (chapter title of book in progress by Lee Wilson).

7. “Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer 1861-1951 Columnist Dorothy Dix.” More Than Petticoats-Remarkable Tennessee Women, by Susan Sawyer. Helena, Montana, Falcon Publishing, Inc., 2000, pp.59-70 (book chapter).

8. “Four Women Writers of 19th Century New Orleans,” by Danella Hero, writer-producer. Dix is one of four writers portrayed in the special local TV program. The four women depicted (in order of appearance) are: Eliza Poitevant Nicholson (Pearl Rivers), poet and newspaper publisher of Times-Picayune (hired Dorothy Dix to write for the paper), the prolific writer Grace King, and Dorothy Dix, journalist and syndicated columnist. Fine Hour of TV Program Production, New Orleans January 24, 1988 (item in VII.3, 1).

9. Eliza Nicholson, Elizabeth Gilmer, and The New Orleans Picayune, 1876-1901, by Dallas Criss. Thesis to the Graduate School of the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1994. Selected pages of the thesis in the collection; table of contents, works cited, notes, parts of chapters and the epilogue (copy).

10. Between the Sheets: An Exploration of Sex in 20th Century Advice Columns, by Alison Squire. Thesis to the Department of American Studies of Amherst College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Distinction. Amherst, Massachusetts, May 7, 2004.

11. “Sob-Sisterhood: Dorothy Dix and the Feminist Origins of the Advice Column,” by Margaret Culley, University of Massachusetts. Southern Studies, 1977 v.16 (2) pp.201-210.

12. Great Women of the Press, by Madelon Golden Schlipp and Sharon M. Murphy. Southern Illinois University Press. Carbondale and Edwardsville. 1983. Dorothy Dix and Eliza Nicholson are covered in two separate chapters with references.

13. “Sob Sisterhood Revisited,” by Jean Marie Lutes. American Literary History, 2003 v.15 (3) pp. 504-532.

14. “All of a Place: The Literary Soil of Todd County,” by Joy Bale Boone. Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 1992 v.90 (4) pp. 368-376.

15. “The Life of Dorothy Dix and Her Columns as Evidence of the Inherent Flaws In the Form of the Advice Column,” by Lillian Campbell. Villanova University, 2006. Research paper comparing Dix’s life and columns to Nathaniel West’s novella Miss Lonelyhearts which is about the fall of an advice columnist.

16. “Dorothy Dix Talks,” by Hermann B. Deutsch, July 10, 1937. Post Biographies Of Famous Journalists, John Drewry, ed., The University of Georgia Press, Athens, 1942.

17. “What Every Girl Should Know.” Gibson Girls And Suffragists, by Catherine Gourley. Twenty-First Century Books, Minneapolis, 2008 (book cover sample included).

18. “Confidential to America: Newspaper advice columns and sexual education,” by David Gudelunas, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2004 (418 p. dissertation; copy of abstract in collection).

Summary: The available venues for public discourse concerning sexuality in America can be separated into two broad categories. The first is formal curricula, represented most notably by "official" school- and community-based sexual education programs. The second is informal curricula, particularly the mass media. This dissertation proposes to examine one of the most widely available (and popular) sites of convergence of these two venues: the newspaper advice column. By offering a historical analysis of the cultural reluctance to, and indeed prohibitions on, speaking openly about matters pertaining to sexuality America, and the traditional lack of venues for this type of discourse, the newspaper advice column is situated as a critical site for learning about, discussing and debating issues of sexuality. The newspaper advice column is argued to be one of the most widely available forums for "sexual education" that includes topics of marriage, dating, relationship patterns, sexual practices and sexual orientation.

19. “Queen of Heartaches: The Newspaper Advice Columnists as Icon Journalist,” by Julie A. Golia, Ph.D., Columbia University, 2009.

How did America’s first generation of advice columnists delineate their professional standards and their high-profile public personas? As leaders in a new, as-yet-undefined field of journalism, early columnists carved out a distinctly, even proudly female niche of interpersonal reportage. In this paper, Julie Golia examines the impact of “soft news” female reporters on the profession of journalism, arguing that advice columnists both widened and limited options for women journalists.

20. Dorothy Dix: An American Journalist. Dir. Joe Mendes. Prod. Kathy Lee Heuston, Dan Humberd, and David Ellison. By Inga A. Filippo. Perf. Anna Filippo, Sara Gotcher and David von Palko. Austin Peat State University, 2012.DVD.

21. “Is Everyone Happy?” Dorothy Dix. The March of Time: Post-War Problems and Solutions. Prod. Louis de Rochemont. Time Magazine Newsreel, 1936. VHS.