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Author Beam, Dorri.

Title Style, gender, and fantasy in nineteenth-century American women's writing / Dorri Beam
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 260 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in American literature and culture ; 160
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture ; 160
Contents Introduction: Highly wrought style -- 1. Florid fantasies: Fuller, Stephens and the 'other' language of flowers -- 2. Sensing the soul: mesmerism, feminism, and highly wrought writing -- 3. Harriet Prescott Spofford's philosophy of composition -- 4. Pauline Hopkins' Baroque Folds: the styled form of Winona -- 5. Coda: the value of ornament: Gilman and Wharton
Summary "Dorri Beam presents an important contribution to nineteenth-century fiction by examining how and why a florid and sensuous style came to be adopted by so many authors. Discussing a diverse range of authors, including Margaret Fuller and Pauline Hopkins, Beam traces this style through a variety of literary endeavors and reconstructs the political rationale behind the writers' commitments to this form of prose. Beam provides both close readings of a number of familiar and unfamiliar works and an overarching account of the importance of this form of writing, suggesting new ways of looking at how gender determines literary style. Style, Gender, and Fantasy in Nineteenth Century American Women's Writing redefines our understanding of women's relation to aesthetics and their contribution to both American literary romanticism and feminist reform. This illuminating account provides valuable new insights for scholars of American literature and women's writing"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Aesthetics in literature.
American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Feminism and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Literary style -- Sex differences.
Romanticism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women authors, American -- 19th century -- Aesthetics.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511780052 (ebook)
0511901836 (electronic bk.)
052176968X (hardback)
9780511780059 (ebook)
9780511901836 (electronic bk.)
9780521769686 (hardback)