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This book considers the ways Cather, Stowe, Wharton, and Alcott inhabited domestic space and portrayed it in their work. Exploring authors who had intriguing and autonomous relationships with home, Hellman undertakes a dual treatment of domesticity, synthesizing a more complete understanding of the relationships between social history and literary accomplishment.
Introduction 1. Frocks and Aprons or Geographies: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Reconception of Domesticity 2. A House Multiplied: Louisa May Alcott's Material Feminism 3. Mad [persons] in [Assorted] Attic[s]: Willa Cather's Domestication of Discontent 4. War on the Interior: Edith Wharton's Cabinet War Rooms in the House of the Homeless 5. Conclusion