Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism by J. Samaine LockwoodArchives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism by J. Samaine Lockwood

Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism

byJ. Samaine Lockwood

Paperback | November 30, 2015

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In this thought-provoking study of nineteenth-century America, J. Samaine Lockwood offers an important new interpretation of the literary movement known as American regionalism. Lockwood argues that regionalism in New England was part of a widespread woman-dominated effort to rewrite history. Lockwood demonstrates that New England regionalism was an intellectual endeavor that overlapped with colonial revivalism and included fiction and history writing, antique collecting, colonial home restoration, and photography. The cohort of writers and artists leading this movement included Sarah Orne Jewett, Alice Morse Earle, and C. Alice Baker, and their project was taken up by women of a younger generation, such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, who extended regionalism through the modernist moment.

Lockwood draws on a diverse archive that includes fiction, material culture, collecting guides, and more. Showing how these women intellectuals aligned themselves with a powerful legacy of social and cultural dissent, Lockwood reveals that New England regionalism performed queer historical work, placing unmarried women and their myriad desires at the center of both regional and national history.

J. Samaine Lockwood is associate professor of English at George Mason University.
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Title:Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England RegionalismFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:238 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 30, 2015Publisher:The University Of North Carolina PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1469625369

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In this thought-provoking study of nineteenth-century America, J. Samaine Lockwood offers an important new interpretation of the literary movement known as American regionalism. Lockwood argues that regionalism in New England was part of a widespread woman-dominated effort to rewrite history. Lockwood demonstrates that New England regionalism was an intellectual endeavor that overlapped with colonial revivalism and included fiction and history writing, antique collecting, colonial home restoration, and photography. The cohort of writers and artists leading this movement included Sarah Orne Jewett, Alice Morse Earle, and C. Alice Baker, and their project was taken up by women of a younger generation, such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, who extended regionalism through the modernist moment. Lockwood draws on a diverse archive that includes fiction, material culture, collecting guides, and more. Showing how these women intellectuals aligned themselves with a powerful legacy of social and cultural dissent, Lockwood reveals that New England regionalism performed queer historical work, placing unmarried women and their myriad desires at the center of both regional and national history.In this landmark contribution to the study of American history and literary culture at the turn of the twentieth century, J. Samaine Lockwood offers a nuanced analysis of New England's ties to the nation and its queer past. The women at the heart of this book were revolutionary, intriguing, sexual, and often radical. Archives of Desire chronicles their legacies of dissent." --Marjorie Pryse, University at Albany, State University of New York