Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin: Nineteenth-century Women Novelists Respond to Stowe

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Vanderbilt University Press, 2005 - History - 204 pages
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Joy Jordan-Lake examines the ways in which antebellum women novelists tried to counter Harriet Beecher Stoweís enormously popular Uncle Tom's Cabin by preaching a ìtheology of whitenessî from within the pages of the books - but were ultimately undermined by their own proslavery agendas. Including a discussion of twentieth- and twenty-first-century novels that revisit plantation mythology, Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin casts new light on the ethical and moral disaster of securing one groupís economic strength at the expense of other groupsí access to dignity, compassion, and justice.
 

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Contents

To Woman I Say Depart l
1
Sanctified by Wealth and Whiteness
25
Justified by Mothers Milk
63
The Background that Belies the Myth
97
Mothering the Other
126
Still Playing with Fire
136
NOTES
161
BIBLIOGRAPHY
183
INDEX
197
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Joy Jordan-Lake holds graduate degrees in theology and literature. She formerly taught English at Baylor University and is currently writing and teaching part time at Belmont University in Nashville.

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