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Author Yothers, Brian, 1975- author

Title Reading abolition : the critical reception of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass / Brian Yothers
Published Rochester, New York : Camden House, 2016
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Series Studies in American literature and culture: literary criticism in perspective
Studies in American literature and culture. Literary criticism in perspective.
Contents Introduction: Interpreting and Reinterpreting Stowe and Douglass -- Uncle Tom's Cabin in Its Own Time -- The Eclipse of Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Early Twentieth Century -- Uncle Tom's Cabin Revived: Race, Gender, Religion, and Stowe's Narrative Artistry -- Beyond Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Reception of Stowe's Later Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry -- The Critical Response to Douglass's Autobiographies -- Antislavery Eloquence: The Critical Response to Douglass's Antislavery Speeches and Journalism -- Epilogue: Critical Futures-Stowe and Douglass, Together and Separately
Summary "Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass represent a crucial strand in nineteenth-century American literature: the struggle for the abolition of slavery. Yet there has been no thoroughgoing discussion of the critical reception of these two giants of abolitionist literature. Reading Abolition narrates and explores the parallels between Stowe's critical reception and Douglass's. The book begins with Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, considering its initial celebration as a work of genius and conscience, its subsequent dismissal in the early twentieth century as anti-Southern and in the mid-twentieth century as racially stereotypical, and finally its recent recovery as a classic of women's, religious, and political fiction. It also considers the reception of Stowe's other, less well-known novels, non-fictional works, and poetry, and how engaging the full Stowe canon has changed the shape of Stowe studies. The second half of the study deals with the reception of Douglass both as a writer of three autobiographies that helped to define the contours of African American autobiography for later writers and critics and as an extraordinarily eloquent and influential orator and journalist. Reading Abolition shows that Stowe's and Douglass's critical destinies have long been intertwined, with questions about race, gender, nationalism, religion, and the nature of literary and rhetorical genius playing crucial roles in critical considerations of both figures.."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. Uncle Tom's cabin.
African American abolitionists -- Biography -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
Race in literature.
Slavery in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1782048626 (electronic bk.)
9781782048626 (electronic bk.)