The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in 19th-Century America / Edition 1

The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in 19th-Century America / Edition 1

by Shirley Samuels
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195063546

ISBN-13: 9780195063547

Pub. Date: 12/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Samuels's collection of critical essays gives body and scope to the subject of nineteenth-century sentimentality by situating it in terms of "women's culture" and issues of race. Presenting an interdisciplinary range of approaches that consider sentimental culture before and after the Civil War, these critical studies of American literature and culture

Overview

Samuels's collection of critical essays gives body and scope to the subject of nineteenth-century sentimentality by situating it in terms of "women's culture" and issues of race. Presenting an interdisciplinary range of approaches that consider sentimental culture before and after the Civil War, these critical studies of American literature and culture fundamentally reorient the field. Moving beyond alignment with either pro- or anti-sentimentality camps, the collection makes visible the particular racial and gendered forms that define the aesthetics and politics of the culture of sentiment. Drawing on the fields of American cultural history, American studies, and literary criticism, the contributors include Lauren Berlant, Ann Fabian, Susan Gillman, Karen Halttunen, Carolyn L. Karcher, Joy Kasson, Amy Schrager Lang, Isabelle Lehuu, Harryette Mullen, Dana Nelson, Lora Romero, Shirley Samuels, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Lynn Wardley, and Laura Wexler.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195063547
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1.Tender Violence: Literary Eavesdropping, Domestic Fiction, and Educational Reform9
2."Domestic Differences": Competing Narratives of Womanhood in the Murder Trial of Lucretia Chapman39
3.Rape, Murder, and Revenge in "Slavery's Pleasant Homes": Lydia Maria Child's Antislavery Fiction and the Limits of Genre58
4.Sentimental Figures: Reading Godey's Lady's Book in Antebellum America73
5.Bodily Bonds: The Intersecting Rhetorics of Feminism and Abolition92
6.Vanishing Americans: Gender, Empire, and New Historicism115
7.Class and the Strategies of Sympathy128
8.Unseemly Sentiments: The Cultural Problem of Gambling143
9.The Identity of Slavery157
10.Narratives of the Female Body: The Greek Slave172
11.Sympathy as Strategy in Sedgwick's Hope Leslie191
12.Relic, Fetish, Femmage: The Aesthetics of Sentiment in the Work of Stowe203
13.The Mulatto, Tragic or Triumphant? The Nineteenth-Century American Race Melodrama221
14.Runaway Tongue: Resistant Orality in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Our Nig, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Beloved244
15.The Female Woman: Fanny Fern and the Form of Sentiment265
Notes283
Contributors341
Index343

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