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No More Separate Spheres!: A Next Wave American Studies Reader
     

No More Separate Spheres!: A Next Wave American Studies Reader

by Cathy N. Davidson
 

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ISBN-10: 0822328933

ISBN-13: 2900822328932

Pub. Date: 05/10/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In No More Separate Spheres! scholars look at the changing categories of analysis-from seventies feminism to nineties postcolonialism-that have shaped some of the major issues in American literary studies. In her introduction, editor Cathy N. Davidson provides an unflinching assessment of the state of the profession with regard to the separate spheres debate, setting

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In No More Separate Spheres! scholars look at the changing categories of analysis-from seventies feminism to nineties postcolonialism-that have shaped some of the major issues in American literary studies. In her introduction, editor Cathy N. Davidson provides an unflinching assessment of the state of the profession with regard to the separate spheres debate, setting the tone for the rest of the collection, which is by turns provocative and challenging but always constructive. One essay provides an overview of the multifarious fronts on which the post-separate spheres model of criticism has been engaged; the rest of the issue follows a dialogical model. Some contributions are by major practitioners of separate spheres criticism; other essays challenge, criticize, or otherwise deconstruct the separate spheres model. The hope is that this special issue of American Literature will help the debate move to the next level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900822328932
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/10/2002
Series:
Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction / Cathy N. Davidson and Jessamyn Hatcher

Part 1: Canons

Separate Spheres, Female Worlds, Woman’s Place: The Rhetoric of Women’s History / Linda K. Kerber

“My Sister! My Sister!”: The Rhetoric of Catherine Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie / Judith Fetterley

Herman Melville, Wife Beating, and the Written Page / Elizabeth Renker

Contradictory Impulses: Maria Ampara Ruiz de Burton, Resistance Theory, and the Politics of Chicano/a Studies / Jose F. Aranda Jr.

Sex, Class, and “Category Crisis”: Reading Jewett’s Transitivity / Marjorie Pryse

Part 2: Domesticity Undone: Case Studies

Manifest Domesticity / Amy Kaplan

Passing through the Closet in Pauline E. Hopkins’s Contending Forces / Siobhan Somerville

Constructing the Black Masculine: Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, and the Sublimits of African American Autobiography / Maurice Wallace

Native Daughters in the Promised Land: Gender, Race, and the Question of Separate Spheres / You-me Park and Gayle Wald

Part 3: Public Sentiment

Poor Eliza / Lauren Berlant

Representative/Democracy: Presidents, Democratic Management, and the Unfinished Business of Male Sentimentalism / Dana D. Nelson

Fathers, Sons, Sentimentality, and the Color Line: The Not-Quite-Separate Spheres of W. E. B. Du Bois and Ralph Waldo Emerson / Ryan Schneider

“Few of Our Seeds Ever Came Up at All”: A Dialogue on Hawthorne, Delany, and the Work of Affect in Visionary Utopias / Christopher Newfield and Melissa Solomon

Selected Bibliography

Contributors

Index

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