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Redefining the political novel : American women writers, 1797-1901

Author: Sharon M Harris
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Louisa May Alcott; Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman; Louisa May Alcott; Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon M Harris
ISBN: 087049869X 9780870498695
OCLC Number: 30701088
Description: xxiii, 200 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Literary politics and the political novel / Sharon M. Harris --
Hannah Webster Foster's The Coquette : critiquing Franklin's America / Sharon M. Harris --
Susanna Rowson's Reuben and Rachel : captivity, colonization, and the domestication of Columbus / Christopher Castiglia --
Expanding "America" : Lydia Sigourney's Sketch of Connecticut, Catharine Sedgwick's Hope Leslie / Sandra A. Zagarell --
Reinventing Lydia Sigourney / Nina Baym --
The politics of survival : Sara Parton's Ruth Hall and the literature of labor / Kristie Hamilton --
"So like women!" : Louisa May Alcott's Work and the ideology of relations / Mary Rigsby --
A world of their own : the separatist utopian vision of Mary E. Bradley Lane's Mizora / Duangrudi Suksang --
"A goddess behind a sordid veil" : the domestic heroine meets the labor novel in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's The portion of labor / Dorothy Berkson --
"Race" and identity in Pauline Hopkins's Hagar's daughter / Claire Pamplin.
Responsibility: edited by Sharon M. Harris.

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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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