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Making the "America of art" : cultural nationalism and nineteenth-century women writers

Author: Naomi Z Sofer
Publisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Making the "America of Art" demonstrates that beginning in the 1850s, women writers challenged the terms of the Scottish Common Sense philosophy, which had made artistic endeavors acceptable in the new Republic by subordinating aesthetic motivation to moral and educational goals. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Augusta Jane Evans drew on Ruskin to argue for the creation of a religiously based national aesthetic. In the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Z Sofer
ISBN: 0814209831 9780814209837 0814290698 9780814290699
OCLC Number: 56481661
Description: viii, 286 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Harriet Beecher Stowe's "New School" of Protestant art --
"I dedicate myself ... unreservedly to art": Augusta Jane Evans and Southern art --
Exorcising the popular woman writer from "The Domain of Pure Literature" --
Genius, gender, and the problem of mentorship --
The Civil War and the making of the "America of Art."
Responsibility: Naomi Z. Sofer.
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"Making the "America of Art" demonstrates that beginning in the 1850s, women writers challenged the terms of the Scottish Common Sense philosophy, which had made artistic endeavors acceptable in the new Republic by subordinating aesthetic motivation to moral and educational goals. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Augusta Jane Evans drew on Ruskin to argue for the creation of a religiously based national aesthetic. In the postbellum years Louisa May Alcott, Rebecca Harding Davis, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and Constance Fenimore Woolson continued the process in a series of writings that revolved around three central areas of concern: the place of the popular in the realm of high art; the role of the genius; and the legacy of the Civil War." "Sofer significantly revises the history of 19th-century American women's authorship by detailing the gradual process that produced women writers wholly identified with literary high culture at the century's end."--Jacket.

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