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Mark Twain and the Feminine Aesthetic
     

Mark Twain and the Feminine Aesthetic

by Peter Stoneley
 

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This book traces the ways in which Mark Twain was formed by, and sought to manipulate, the ideology of gender. Peter Stoneley considers the range of Twain's writing, from classic novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to embittered autobiographical fragments. Twain's preoccupation with the nature and value of the "feminine" has long been recognized as a

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This book traces the ways in which Mark Twain was formed by, and sought to manipulate, the ideology of gender. Peter Stoneley considers the range of Twain's writing, from classic novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to embittered autobiographical fragments. Twain's preoccupation with the nature and value of the "feminine" has long been recognized as a central feature of his writing. Stoneley goes beyond repeated generalizations to provide a detailed analysis; his book will be of interest to scholars and students of American literature, cultural history and gender studies.

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"Stoneley's examination of Twain's representations of women and of feminine culture reveals the wider contradictions of his work....More than this, Stoneley offers a necessary corrective to the customary schismatic presentation of the female and marks a useful continuation of inquiry into what Alfred Habegger has called, in a phrase from Henry James, the 'Woman Business' in nineteenth-century America." Ian F. A. Bell, Language & History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521102285
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/29/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #54
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

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