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

Dorri Beam

In this 2010 book, 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 provides both close readings of a number of familiar and unfamiliar works and an overarching account of the importance of this form of writing, suggesting new ways of looking at style as a medium through which gender can be signified and reshaped. Style, Gender, and Fantasy in Nineteenth Century American Women's Writing redefines our understanding of women's relation to aesthetics and their contribution to both American literary romanticism and feminist reform. This illuminating account provides valuable new insights for scholars of American literature and women's writing.

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  • Introduction: Highly wrought style
  • 1. Florid fantasies: Fuller, Stephens and the 'other' language of flowers
  • 2. Sensing the soul: mesmerism, feminism, and highly wrought writing
  • 3. Harriet Prescott Spofford's Philosophy of Composition
  • 4. Pauline Hopkins' Baroque Folds: the styled form of Winona
  • 5. Coda: the value of ornament: Gilman and Wharton
  • Endnotes
  • Bibliography.

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書名 Style, gender, and fantasy in nineteenth-century American women's writing
著作者等 Beam, Dorri
書名別名 Style, gender, and fantasy in 19th-century American women's writing
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2010
ページ数 viii, 260 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780521769686
NCID BB02460352
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国