By Joyce W. Warren, Margaret Dickie
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).
She retains her spirit despite the harsh treatment she receives from Mrs. Bellmont. This is particularly apparent when she becomes a favorite among the children at school (38). Ultimately, with encouragement from Mr. Bellmont, Frado defies Mrs. Bellmont. " shouted Frado, "strike me, and Fll never work a mite more for you;" and throwing down what she had gathered, stood like one who feels the stirring of free and independent thoughts. By this unexpected demonstration, her mistress, in amazement, dropped her weapon..