Lucy Howard S Journal


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Author by Lydia Howard Sigourney
Genre eBook American literature
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ISBN Number HARVARD:32044014470363

Nineteenth Century American Women S Novels


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This study proposes interpretive strategies for nineteenth-century American women's novels. Harris contends that women in the nineteenth century read subversively, 'processing texts according to gender based imperatives'. Beginning with Susannah Rowson's best-selling seduction novel Charlotte Temple (1791), and ending with Willa Cather's O Pioneers! (1913), Harris scans white, middle-class women's writing throughout the nineteenth century. In the process she both explores reading behaviour and formulates a literary history for mainstream nineteenth-century American women's fiction. Through most of the twentieth century, women's novels of the earlier period have been denigrated as conventional, sentimental, and overwritten. Harris shows that these conditions are actually narrative strategies, rooted in cultural imperatives and, paradoxically, integral to the later development of women's texts that call for women's independence. Working with actual women's diaries and letters, Harris first shows what contemporary women sought from the books they read. She then applies these reading strategies to the most popular novels of the period, proving that even the most apparently retrograde demonstrate their heroines' abilities to create and control areas culturally defined as male.

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Author by Susan K. Harris
Genre eBook Literary Criticism
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ISBN Number 0521382882

Mothers And Daughters In Nineteenth Century America


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The feminine script of early nineteenth century centered on women's role as patient, long-suffering mothers. By mid-century, however, their daughters faced a world very different in social and economic options and in the physical experiences surrounding their bodies. In this groundbreaking study, Nancy Theriot turns to social and medical history, developmental psychology, and feminist theory to explain the fundamental shift in women's concepts of femininity and gender identity during the course of the century -- from an ideal suffering womanhood to emphasis on female control of physical self. Theriot's first chapter proposes a methodological shift that expands the interdisciplinary horizons of women's history. She argues that social psychological theories, recent work in literary criticism, and new philosophical work on subjectivities can provide helpful lenses for viewing mothers and children and for connecting socioeconomic change and ideological change. She recommends that women's historians take bolder steps to historicize the female body by making use of the theoretical insights of feminist philosophers, literary critics, and anthropologists. Within this methodological perspective, Theriot reads medical texts and woman- authored advice literature and autobiographies. She relates the early nineteenth-century notion of "true womanhood" to the socioeconomic and somatic realities of middle-class women's lives, particularly to their experience of the new male obstetrics. The generation of women born early in the century, in a close mother/daughter world, taught theirdaughters the feminine script by word and action. Their daughters, however, the first generation to benefit greatly from professional medicine, had less reason than their mothers to associate womanhood with pain and suffering. The new concept of femininity they created incorporated maternal teaching but altered it to make meaningful their own very different experience. This provocative study applies interdisciplinary methodology to new and long-standing questions in women's history and invites women's historians to explore alternative explanatory frameworks.

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Author by Nancy M. Theriot
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9780813158204

Redefining The Political Novel


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While critical studies of the American political novel date from the 1920s, such considerations of the genre have failed, whether wittingly or unwittingly, to recognize works by women. The exclusion is usually based on a distinction between "social" novels and "political" novels, and the result is an understanding of the "political" as a largely male province. In this thought-provoking collection of essays, the contributors seek not simply to add works by women to the canon of political novels but, rather, to demand a conceptual revolution - one that questions the very precepts on which the canon is based. This redefinition of the political novel takes many factors into account, including gender, race, and class and their relation to our most basic conceptions of literary and aesthetic value.

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Author by Sharon M. Harris
Genre eBook Literary Criticism
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ISBN Number 087049869X

Civil War Time


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Focusing on the US Civil War, Cheryl Wells looks at how it played havoc with people's perception and use of time, including interrupted periods of sleep, indefinite prison sentences and extended hours of work. Wells calls this 'battle time' and she looks at its effects on civilians, as well as those involved in the fighting itself.

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Author by Cheryl A. Wells
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 0820326577

Bibliography Of American Imprints To 1901


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Genre eBook United States
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ISBN Number UVA:X004795652

American Women Prose Writers


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Includes South Carolinians Mary Boykin Chesnut and Sarah Moore Grimké.

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Author by Amy E. Hudock
Genre eBook Biography & Autobiography
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ISBN Number STANFORD:36105025206058

Speculating In Intimacy


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Author by Amy L. Kort
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ISBN Number WISC:89075849844

University Of California Union Catalog Of Monographs Cataloged By The Nine Campuses From 1963 Through 1967 Authors Titles


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Author by University of California (System). Institute of Library Research
Genre eBook Catalogs, Union
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ISBN Number STANFORD:36105117234802

Collection Of Reports And Transactions During 40 Years 1832 To 1871


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Author by Detroit Young Men's Society
Genre eBook Detroit (Mich.)
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ISBN Number UOM:39015071392503