Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Casebook

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General for the Series: The Casebooks in Criticism introduce readers to the essential criticism on landmark works of literature and film. For each volume, a distinguished scholar who is an authority on the text has collected the most elucidating and distinctive scholarly essays on that work and added key supporting materials. Each volume includes a substantial introduction which considers the key features of the work, describes its publication history, and contextualizes its cultural import and contemporary ...

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Overview

General for the Series: The Casebooks in Criticism introduce readers to the essential criticism on landmark works of literature and film. For each volume, a distinguished scholar who is an authority on the text has collected the most elucidating and distinctive scholarly essays on that work and added key supporting materials. Each volume includes a substantial introduction which considers the key features of the work, describes its publication history, and contextualizes its cultural import and contemporary reputation while also surveying the major approaches which have informed the works critical history. A condensed bibliography offers suggestions for further reading. The compact volumes provide a critical survey and suggest provocative ways to engage with their texts. They are ideally suited to those interested in developing a deeper understanding of a works history and significance. Specific for this book: Most of the best criticism on Stowe's landmark novel is fairly recent. Until the combined impact of the civil rights and women's movements changed the focus of the academic ciriculum, Uncle Tom's Cabin seldom appeared in classrooms or as the subject of published scholarship. However, from the mid-1970 forward, the book has been widely written about and taught. Today, Uncle Tom's Cabin is a stable, important part of the nineteenth-centruy American literature canon and has generated a rich body of new critical work. This casebook collects the best of the new scholarship as well as the most influencial older essays. Included in this volume are letters by Harriet Beecher Stowe and articles by James Baldwin, Leslie Fiedler, Jane Tompkins, Gillian Brown, Robert Stepto, and Elizabeth Ammons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195166958
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/23/2007
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Ser.
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Ammons is Harriet F. Fay Professor of Literature at Tufts University

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Table of Contents


Introduction   Elizabeth Ammons     3
Letter to Frederick Douglass   Harriet Beecher Stowe     15
Letter to William Lloyd Garrison   Harriet Beecher Stowe     19
Letter to Mrs. Follen   Harriet Beecher Stowe     21
Does Public Opinion Protect the Slave?   Harriet Beecher Stowe     27
What Is to Be Done?   Harriet Beecher Stowe     37
Everybody's Protest Novel   James Baldwin     49
Love and Death in Uncle Tom's Cabin   Leslie A. Fiedler     57
Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History   Jane P. Tompkins     63
Getting in the Kitchen with Dinah: Domestic Politics in Uncle Tom's Cabin   Gillian Brown     89
Sharing the Thunder: The Literary Exchanges of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Bibb, and Frederick Douglass   Robert B. Stepto     113
Topsy and the End Man: Blackface in Uncle Tom's Cabin   Sarah Meer     131
"This Promiscuous Housekeeping": Death, Transgression, and Homoeroticism in Uncle Tom's Cabin   P. Gabrielle Foreman     167
Who Gets to Create the Lasting Images? The Problem of Black Representation in Uncle Tom's Cabin   Sophia Cantave     193
Up to Heaven'sGate, Down in Earth's Dust: The Politics of Judgment in Uncle Tom's Cabin   Joshua D. Bellin     207
Freeing the Slaves and Banishing the Blacks: Racism, Empire, and Africa in Uncle Tom's Cabin   Elizabeth Ammons     227
Selected Bibliography     247
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