Reforming the World: Social Activism and the Problem of Fiction in Nineteenth-Century America
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Beschreibung"Reforming the World" considers the intricate relationship between social reform and spiritual elevation and the development of fiction in the antebellum United States. Arguing that novels of the era engaged with questions about the proper role of fiction taking place at the time, Maria Carla Sanchez illuminates the politically and socially motivated involvement of men and women in shaping ideas about the role of literature in debates about abolition, moral reform, temperance, and protest work. She concludes that, whereas American Puritans had viewed novels as risque and grotesque, antebellum reformers elevated them to the level of literature--functioning on a much higher intellectual and moral plane.
PortraitMaria Carla Sanchez is an assistant professor in the departments of English and American Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the coeditor (with Linda Schlossberg) of Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Politics.
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF IOWA PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2009
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten