Scribbling Women: Short Stories by 19th-Century American Women

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A new mother longing to write is judged "hysterical" and confined to her bedroom where she slowly loses herself in horrific fantasy. A young girl stirred by two beings--a handsome young man and an ethereal white heron--is forced to make a choice between them. A love affair quashed by convention ignites during a sudden storm. These tales of remarkable and ordinary lives in nineteenth-century America are told throughout women's voices that call out from the kitchen hearth, the ...
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Overview

A new mother longing to write is judged "hysterical" and confined to her bedroom where she slowly loses herself in horrific fantasy. A young girl stirred by two beings--a handsome young man and an ethereal white heron--is forced to make a choice between them. A love affair quashed by convention ignites during a sudden storm. These tales of remarkable and ordinary lives in nineteenth-century America are told throughout women's voices that call out from the kitchen hearth, the solitary room, the prison cell.
Stories by Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, and Edith Wharton, as well as by others less familiar, reveal a universe of emotions hidden beneath parochial scenes. American writers claimed the short story as their national genre in the nineteenth century, and women writers made it the most important outlet for their particular experiences.
A unique selection, with an introduction, notes, selected criticism, and a chrolonology of the authors' lives and times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813523934
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,096,305
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author


Elaine Showalter is Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She is the author and editor of many books on women's writing, including Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing.
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Table of Contents

Note on the Authors
Note on the Editors
Chronology of the Authors' Lives and Times
Introduction
Cacoethes Scribendi 3
The Angel Over The Right Shoulder 17
The Two Offers 27
Circumstance 37
Life in the Iron Mills 51
Marcia 87
My Contraband 95
Behind a Mask; or, A Woman's Power 115
A New England Nun 213
A Poetess 225
Old Woman Magoun 240
Sister Liddy 258
Miss Grief 271
At the Chateau of Corrine 292
A White Heron 329
The Town Poor 339
The Yellow Wallpaper 351
Turned 367
The Story of an Hour 377
The Storm 380
Souls Belated 387
Paul's Case 415
A Jury of Her Peers 435
Notes 457
The Authors and Their Critics 467
Suggestions for Further Reading 504
Acknowledgements 514
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