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Title:
The Cambridge companion to nineteenth-century American women's writing
Author:
Bauer, Dale M., 1956-
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xxix, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
The postcolonial culture of early American women's writing / Rosemarie Zagarri -- Women in public / Dana D. Nelson -- Antebellum politics and women's writing / Stephanie A. Smith -- Captivity and the literary imagination / Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola -- Nineteenth-century American women's poetry / Elizabeth Petrino -- Women at war / Shirley Samuels -- Women, anti-catholicism, and narrative in nineteenth-century America / Susan Griffin -- Immigration and assimilation in nineteenth-century US women's writing / Priscilla Wald -- The uses of writing in Margaret Bayard Smith's new nation / Fredrika J. Teute -- The sentimental novel : the example of Harriet Beecher Stowe / Gail K. Smith -- African-American women's spiritual narratives / Yolanda Pierce -- The postbellum reform writings of Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps / Lisa A. Long -- "Strenuous artistry" : Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons / Sandra A. Zagarell -- Minnie's Sacrifice : Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's narrative of citizenship / Farah Jasmine Griffin.
ISBN:
9780521660037

9780521669757
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Providing an overview of the history of writing by women in the period, this 2001 Companion establishes the context in which this writing emerged, and traces the origin of the terms which have traditionally defined the debate. It includes essays on topics of recent concern, such as women and war, erotic violence, the liberating and disciplinary effects of religion, and examines the work of a variety of women writers, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rebecca Harding Davis and Louisa May Alcott. The volume plots new directions for the study of American literary history, and provides several valuable tools for students, including a chronology of works and suggestions for further reading.


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Commissioned for students of literature, this collection provides an excellent overview of 19th-century women's writing. Essays deal with the process of recovery and revision, placing women's writing at the center of historical and literary discourse. Issues examined include postcolonialism and antebellum politics, genre, tradition, innovation, and women's unique approach to such topics as captivity, assimilation, and war. The editors devote case studies to authors like Rebecca Harding Davis, Elizabeth Stoddard, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Overall, the distinguished contributors explode traditional generic classifications and literary periodizations that have distorted the work of women writers. For example, the simplicity of the "cult of true womanhood" is examined, as is sentimentalism. The rich, modern scholarship of this collection reveals a redrawn map of 19th-century American literature. Including both general and specific indexes, it is an indispensable resource for students of American literature and history at all levels, from general readers and lower-division undergraduates to researchers and faculty. S. A. Parker emerita, Hiram College


Table of Contents

Dale M. Bauer and Philip GouldRosemarie ZagarriDana D. NelsonStephanie A. SmithKathryn Zabelle Derounian-StodolaElizabeth PetrinoShirley SamuelsSusan GriffinPriscilla WaldFredrika J. TeuteGail K. SmithYolanda PierceLisa A. LongSandra A. ZagarellFarah Jasmine GriffinMary Kelley
List of illustrationsp. xi
Notes on contributorsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Chronology of works and events 1773-1925p. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Historical and theoretical background
1 The postcolonial culture of early American women's writingp. 19
2 Women in publicp. 38
3 Antebellum politics and women's writingp. 69
Part 2 Genre, tradition, and innovation
4 Captivity and the literary imaginationp. 105
5 Nineteenth-century American women's poetryp. 122
6 Women at warp. 143
7 Women, anti-Catholicism, and narrative in nineteenth-century Americap. 157
8 Immigration and assimilation in nineteenth-century US women's writingp. 176
Part 3 Case studies
9 The uses of writing in Margaret Bayard Smith's new nationp. 203
10 The sentimental novel: the example of harriet Beecher Stowep. 221
11 African-American women's spiritual narrativesp. 244
12 The postbellum reform writings of Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelpsp. 262
13 "Strenuous Artistry": Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesonsp. 284
14 Minnie's Sacrifice: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's narrative of citizenshipp. 308
Conclusionp. 320
Indexp. 328

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