Challenging Boundaries: Gender and Periodization by Joyce W. Warren, Margaret Dickie

By Joyce W. Warren, Margaret Dickie

What if the yankee literary canon have been multiplied to regularly characterize ladies writers, who don't consistently healthy simply into genres and classes confirmed at the foundation of men's writings? How might the research of yankee literature make the most of this long-needed revision? This well timed choice of essays via fourteen ladies writers breaks new floor in American literary research. now not content material to rediscover and awkwardly "fit" girl writers into the "white male" scheme of anthologies and faculty classes, editors Margaret Dickie and Joyce W. Warren query the present limitations of literary sessions, advocating a revised literary canon. The essays ponder a variety of American girls writers, together with Mary Rowlandson, Margaret Fuller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Emily Dickinson, Frances Harper, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Amy Lowell and Adrienne wealthy, discussing how the current type of those writers by means of sessions impacts our studying in their work.

Beyond the point of interest of feminist demanding situations to American literary periodization, this quantity additionally reviews problems with a necessity for literary reforms contemplating variations in race, ethnicity, category, and sexuality. The essays are invaluable and informative as person severe reports of particular writers and their works. Challenging Boundaries provides clever, unique, well-written, and sensible arguments in help of long-awaited adjustments in American literary scholarship and is a milestone of feminist literary study.

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Sheridan Smith (New York: Pantheon Books, 1972), 218. PERFORMATIVITY AND THE REPOSITIONING OF REALISM : 21 18. " See Howells and the Age of Realism (Philadelphia: }. B. Lippincott, 1954). Elise Miller, in "The Feminization of American Realist Theory/' American Literary Realism 23 (Fall 1990), however, notes that although late nineteenth-century male realists were "bent on organizing themselves against feminine enemies and threats" and attempted to purge literature of women's writing as though it were a disease, they appropriated much from their female predecessors (21).

Judith Butler, "Contingent Foundations: Feminism and the Question of 'Postmodernism,'" in Feminists Theorize the Political, ed. Judith Butler and Joan W. Scott (New York: Routledge, 1992), 4. See also Louis Althusser, For Marx, trans. Ben Brewster (New York: Pantheon Books, 1969), who, as Patricia Waugh pointed out in Feminine Fictions: Revisiting the Postmodern (London: Routledge, 1989), refused to separate "a domain of the Veal' from a domain of the 'represented'" (2-3). 16. The Mercure de France wrote in 1826 that realism was "the literature of the true," and in the United States, William Dean Howells maintained that literature should portray the "Truth" (Documents, 38-39,136).

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