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Style, gender, and fantasy in nineteenth-century American women's writing

Author: Dorri Beam
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 160.
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"Dorri Beam presents an important contribution to nineteenth-century fiction by examining how and why a florid and sensuous style came to be adopted by so many authors. Discussing a diverse range of authors, including Margaret Fuller and Pauline Hopkins, Beam traces this style through a variety of literary endeavors and reconstructs the political rationale behind the writers' commitments to this form of prose. Beam  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dorri Beam
ISBN: 9780521769686 052176968X
OCLC Number: 595738782
Description: vii, 260 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Highly wrought style --
Florid fantasies : Fuller, Stephens and the 'other' language of flowers --
Sensing the soul : mesmerism, feminism, and highly wrought fiction --
Harriet Prescott Spofford's Philosophy of composition --
Pauline Hopkins' Baroque folds : the styled form of Winona --
Coda. The value of ornament : Gilman and Wharton.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 160.
Responsibility: Dorri Beam.
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