"Although they wrote in the same historical milieu as their male counterparts, women writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries have generally been "ghettoized" by critics into a separate canonical sphere. These original essays argue in favor of reconciling male and female writers, both historically and in the context of classroom teaching." "Each essay revises the binary notions that have been ascribed to males and females, such as public and private, rational and intuitive, political and domestic, violent and passive. Although they do not deny the existence of separate spheres, the contributors show the boundary between them to be much more blurred than has been assumed until now."--BOOK JACKET.
To be a "parlor soldier" : Susan Warner's answer to Emerson's "Self-reliance" / Lucinda L. Damon-Bach -- "Astra castra" : Emily Dickinson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and Harriet Prescott Spofford / Katharine Rodier -- The war of Susie King Taylor / Karen S. Nulton -- No separations in the city : the public-private novel and private-public authorship / Karen E. Waldron -- The ungendered terrain of good health : Mary Gove Nichols's rewriting of the diseased institution of marriage / Dawn Keetley -- Male doctors and female illness in American women's fiction, 1850-1900 / Frederick Newberry -- Gender bending : two role-reversal utopias by nineteenth-century women / Darby Lewes -- A homely business : Melusina Fay Peirce and late-nineteenth-century cooperative housekeeping / Lisette Nadine Gibson -- Narratives of domestic imperialism : the African-American home in the Colored American magazine and the novels of Pauline Hopkins, 1900-1903 / Debra Bernardi -- Public women, private acts : gender and theater in turn-of-the-century American novels / Jennifer Costello Brezina -- Gender valences of transcendentalism : the pursuit of idealism in Elizabeth Oakes-Smith's "The sinless child" / Mary Louise Kete -- Sentimental epistemologies in Uncle Tom's cabin and The house of the seven gables / Marianne Noble -- "I try to make the reader feel" : the resurrection of Bess Streeter Aldrich's A lantern in her hand and the politics of the literary canon / Denise D. Knight
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