Ronna Johnson

  • Troia: Mexican Memoirs

    Women writers have notoriously been absent from the Beat canon. Although memoirs by Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones, and Diane di Prima, as well as recent academic studies, have challenged this omission, women have been underrated and underrepresented in the movement’s largely male roster. Reissuing Bonnie Bremser’s Troia: Mexican Memoirs after nearly forty years out of print, the Dalkey Archive Press assists in the recovery of one of these protofeminist writers who depicted women as agents, not objects, of Beat culture. Born Brenda Frazer in Washington, DC, in 1939, Bremser is a second-generation