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Redefining the Political Novel: American Women Writers, 1797-1901 / Edition 1

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While critical studies of the American political novel date from the 1920s, such considerations of the genre have failed, whether wittingly or unwittingly, to recognize works by women. The exclusion is usually based on a distinction between "social" novels and "political" novels, and the result is an understanding of the "political" as a largely male province. In this thought-provoking collection of essays, the contributors seek not simply to add works by women to the canon of political novels but, rather, to demand a conceptual revolution - one that questions the very precepts on which the canon is based. This redefinition of the political novel takes many factors into account, including gender, race, and class and their relation to our most basic conceptions of literary and aesthetic value.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870498695
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Literary Politics and the Political Novel
1 Hannah Webster Foster's The Coquette: Critiquing Franklin's America 1
2 Susanna Rowson's Reuben and Rachel: Captivity, Colonization, and the Domestication of Columbus 23
3 Expanding "America": Lydia Sigourney's Sketch of Connecticut, Catharine Sedgwick's Hope Leslie 43
4 Reinventing Lydia Sigourney 66
5 The Politics of Survival: Sara Parton's Ruth Hall and the Literature of Labor 86
6 "So Like Women!": Louisa May Alcott's Work and the Ideology of Relations 109
7 A World of Their Own: The Separatist Utopian Vision of Mary E. Bradley Lane's Mizora 128
8 "A Goddess Behind a Sordid Veil": The Domestic Heroine Meets the Labor Novel in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's The Portion of Labor 149
9 "Race" and Identity in Pauline Hopkins's Hagar's Daughter 169
Selected Bibliography 185
Contributors 193
Index 195
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