Style, Gender, and Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century American Womens Writing by Dorri BeamStyle, Gender, and Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century American Womens Writing by Dorri Beam

Style, Gender, and Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century American Womens Writing

byDorri Beam

Hardcover | July 12, 2010

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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 style as a medium through which gender can be signified and reshaped. 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.
Title:Style, Gender, and Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century American Womens WritingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:July 12, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052176968X

ISBN - 13:9780521769686

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Table of 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; Endnotes; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"With brilliant discussions of highly wrought style in women writers such as Fuller, Spofford, Pauline Hopkins, and lesser known figures such as Ann Stephens, Beam has given us a remarkable new lens through which to appreciate female literary achievement anew. Moreover, she has given us a new critical language, a fresh and newly informed means of responding to the heady aesthetic experiments in nineteenth-century American women's writing." --College Literature