Woman's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and about Women in America, 1820-70

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This reissue of the pioneering and standard book on antebellum women's domestic novels contains a new introduction situating the book in the context of important recent developments in the study of women's writing. Nina Baym considers 130 novels by 48 women, focusing on the works of a dozen especially productive and successful writers. Woman's ......
 

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An interesting, seminal book about, plus lots of summaries of, women's fiction from the mid-nineteenth century. I'm looking forward to reading a little more deeply in this area. Read full review

Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
ix
Introduction and Conclusions
11
The Form and Ideology of Womans Fiction
22
Catharine Sedgwick and Other Early Novelists
51
Maria McIntosh
86
E D E N Southworth and Caroline Lee Hentz
110
Susan Warner Anna Warner and Maria Cummins
140
Ann Stephens Mary Jane Holmes and Marion Harland
175
Other Novelists of the Fifties
231
Augusta Evans and the Waning of Womans Fiction
276
A Note on Popularity
301
Chronological Bibliography
303
Bibliographical Note on Secondary Material
309
Bibliography of Related Works Published since 1978
317
Index
323
Copyright

Caroline Chesebro
208

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About the author (1993)

Nina Baym was born Nina Zippin in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14, 1936. She received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a master's degree from Radcliffe College, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She joined the faculty of the University of Illinois-Champaign in 1963 and taught English there until her retirement in 2004. She wrote several books including Shape of Hawthorne's Career; The Scarlet Letter: A Reading; Woman's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and About Women in America, 1820-1870; Women Writers of the American West, 1832-1927; and Feminism and American Literary History. She also served as general editor of several editions of The Norton Anthology of American Literature. She died from complications of dementia on June 15, 2018 at the age of 82.

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