Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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Januar 2005



Cindy Weinstein radically revises our understanding of nineteenth-century sentimental literature. Arguing that these novels are far more complex than critics have suggested, Weinstein expands the archive of sentimental novels to include some of the more popular, though under-examined writers, and shows how canonical texts can take on new meaning when read in the context of these novels. She demonstrates the aesthetic and political complexities of this influential genre and its impact on Stowe, Twain and Melville.


Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. In loco parentis; 2. 'A sort of adopted daughter': family relations in The Lamplighter; 3. Thinking through sympathy: Kemble, Hentz, and Stowe; 4. Behind the scenes of sentimental novels: Ida May and Twelve Years a Slave; 5. Love American style: The Wide, Wide World; 6. We are family, or Melville's Pierre; Afterword; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.


Cindy Weinstein is author of The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature: Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (Cambridge 1995), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe (forthcoming, Cambridge).


"Editor of The Cambridge Companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Weinstein includes Stowe with several other women writers in this important new analysis of the sentimental novel. Highly recommended." CHOICE "Weinstein's new interpretive paradigm actually does what it sets out to do: it illuminates American literary history by revealing how sentimental novels elaborate a republican ideal in which each family member's rights are guaranteed not by status but by contract." Marianne Noble, The New England Quarterly "Weinstein seems motivated not only by a genuine curiosity regarding the odd repetitions in so many of these sentimental novels--she reads with a keenly-tuned sensibility, picking up an astonishing number of echoing phrases and plot lines--but also by the desire for less hostile readings of sentimental fiction than we have seen lately." - Kristin Boudreau, The University of Georgia Studies in American Fiction
EAN: 9780521842532
ISBN: 0521842530
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in American'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 243 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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