In Talking to the Girls: Intimate and Political Essays on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, feminist literary scholars Edvige Giunta and Mary Anne Trasciatti bring together a riveting selection of personal essays honoring the memory of the 129 immigrant women and girls who died in the 1911 New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the singular tragedy most responsible for initiating radical labor reform in the US and much of the world. The editors’ selection of essayists is an impressive roster, whose national, racial, ethnic, class, sexual, and gender identities speak to both the breadth of the Triangle fire's legacy as well as to the editors’ ambitions for this first anthology of its kind.

Talking to the Girls reflects a strong commitment to memory work and its appreciation of inherited trauma. In this vein, Giunta and Trasciatti encourage readers to view the book “as an act of direct and...

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