Engendering Romance: Women Writers and the Hawthorne Tradition, 1850-1990

Engendering Romance: Women Writers and the Hawthorne Tradition, 1850-1990

by Emily Miller Budick, E. Miller Budick
     
 

This engrossing book describes how four twentieth-century women writers-Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Toni Morrison, and Grace Paley-have inherited and adapted the classical tradition of American romance fiction. Emily Miller Budick argues that romance fiction, exemplified by the works of Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Faulkner, and Ellison, is skeptical and… See more details below

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This engrossing book describes how four twentieth-century women writers-Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Toni Morrison, and Grace Paley-have inherited and adapted the classical tradition of American romance fiction. Emily Miller Budick argues that romance fiction, exemplified by the works of Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Faulkner, and Ellison, is skeptical and antipatriarchal, and that women writers have built on the tradition to accommodate the exigencies of modern American society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300055573
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1The Antipatriarchal Romance
1The Romance of the Family: Hawthorne13
2A Portrait of Female Skepticism: James40
3Worlds Without Women: Melville and Poe59
Pt. 2The Antiphallocentric Romance
4The Material Reproduction of Culture: Faulkner77
5Textual Indeterminacy and the Death of the Mother: Faulkner and Anderson89
Pt. 3Nineteenth-Century Women's Fiction
6Sentimentalism and Human Rights: Stowe and Melville107
7Literary Realism and a Woman's Strength: Wharton and Chopin122
Pt. 4The Female Romance
8The Mother Tongue: McCullers143
9Art and the Female Spirit: O'Connor162
Pt. 5The Feminist Romance
10Absence, Loss, and the Space of History: Morrison183
11The Graceful Art of Conversation: Paley219
Notes247
Index285

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