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Author Miskolcze, Robin.

Title Women & children first : nineteenth-century sea narratives & American identity / Robin Miskolcze
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 220 pages) : illustrations
Contents Shipwreck narratives in early American literature -- Women and children first -- Women and middle passage -- Englishwomen and U.S. shipwreck narratives -- Cross-dressed female seafarers in early American popular literature
Summary At a crucial time in American history, narratives of women in command or imperiled at sea contributed to the construction of a national rhetoric. Robin Miskolcze makes her case by way of careful readings of images of women at sea before the Civil War in her book Women and Children First. Though the sea has traditionally been interpreted as the province of men, women have gone to sea as mothers, wives, figureheads, and slaves. In fact, in the nineteenth century, women at sea contributed to the formation of an ethics of survival that helped to define American ideals. This study examines, often for the first time, images of women at sea in antebellum narratives ranging from novels and sermons to newspaper accounts and lithographs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-210) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Seafaring life -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women and the sea -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Women -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- To 1865.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0803209878 (electronic bk.)
9780803209879 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
Other Titles Women and children first