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

By Joyce W. Warren, Margaret Dickie

What if the yank literary canon have been increased to always signify ladies writers, who don't continually healthy simply into genres and classes tested at the foundation of men's writings? How might the learn of yank literature reap the benefits of this long-needed revision? This well timed choice of essays through fourteen ladies writers breaks new flooring in American literary learn. now not content material to rediscover and awkwardly "fit" girl writers into the "white male" scheme of anthologies and school classes, editors Margaret Dickie and Joyce W. Warren query the present obstacles of literary classes, advocating a revised literary canon. The essays give some thought to quite a lot 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 category of those writers by way of classes impacts our studying in their work.

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

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Henry James, "Nana," in Documents, ed. Becker, 236-243; Frank Norris, The Responsibilities of the Novelist (New York: Greenwood Press, 1902), 234. 27. Rose Terry Cooke described this editorial policy in "A Letter to Mary Ann," Sunday Afternoon 3 (August 1879): 752-55; for a discussion of the literary double standard with respect to Cooke, see Elizabeth Ammons, Introduction to How Celia Changed Her Mind and Other Stories, by Rose Terry Cooke (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1986). For a discussion of the changes that the publisher requested in Rebecca Harding 22 : JOYCE W.

46. Harriet Wilson, Our Nig, or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. (New York: Vintage, 1983). All page references are to this edition. 47. See Thomas A. Bailey and David M. : D. C. Heath, 1994), 364. 48. See Barbara White, "'Our Nig' and the She-Devil: New Information About Harriet Wilson and the 'Bellmont' Family," American Literature 65 (March 1993): 34-38. 49. Henry Louis Gates reports in his Introduction to Our Nig that he and his assistants checked contemporary newspapers and found no reviews or notices of the book (xxx).

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