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  • The Masochistic Pleasures of Sentimental Literatureby Marianne Noble

    Princeton University Press 2000; US$ 45.00

    For generations, critics have noticed in nineteenth-century American women's sentimentality a streak of masochism, but their discussions of it have over-simplified its complex relationship to women's power. Marianne Noble argues that tropes of eroticized domination in sentimental literature must be recognized for what they were: a double-edged sword... more...

  • Playing House in the American Westby Cathryn Halverson

    University of Alabama Press 2013; US$ 44.95

    Examining an eclectic group of western women’s autobiographical texts—canonical and otherwise— Playing House in the American West argues for a distinct regional literary tradition characterized by strategic representations of unconventional domestic life.  The controlling metaphor Cathryn Halverson uses in her engrossing... more...

  • Transatlantic Womenby Beth L. Lueck; Brigitte Bailey; Lucinda L. Damon-Bach

    University of New Hampshire Press 2012; US$ 38.99

    Highlights the social and textual complexity of the transatlantic world for American women writers more...

  • The Fighting Horse of the Stanislausby LAWRENCE I. BERKOVE

    University of Iowa Press 1990; US$ 34.95

    Tongue-Oil Timothy, as unflappable as he is unconscionable, swindles Wasatch Sam in a villainous poker game. Amazed prospectors discover a full-grown silver man deep in a mountain tunnel. Old Pizen, a horse so mean that he was almost poison to himself, is wagered by his own owner in the fight of his life. The travelling stones of Pahranagat, when... more...

  • The Only Efficient Instrumentby Aleta Feinsod Cane; Susan Alves

    University of Iowa Press 2005; US$ 29.95

    "The Only Efficient Instrument" examines farsighted women writers in nineteenth-century America whose pioneering use of newspapers and magazines had a vital impact on the political and intellectual communities of their day." more...

  • Sororophobiaby Helena Michie

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 109.99

    This book looks at how differences among women have been textually represented at a variety of historical moments and in a variety of cultural contexts, including Victorian mainstream fiction, African-American mulatto novels, late twentieth-century lesbian communities, and contemporary country music. Sororophobia designates the complex and shifting... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writingby Dale M. Bauer; Philip Gould

    Cambridge University Press 2001; US$ 32.00

    A 2001 Companion providing an overview of the history of writing by women in nineteenth-century America. more...

  • Gender and the Poetics of Excessby Karen Jackson Ford

    University Press of Mississippi 1997; US$ 50.00

    The argument posed in this analysis is that the poetic excesses of several major female poets, excesses that have been typically regarded as flaws in their work, are strategies for escaping the inhibiting and sometimes inimical conventions too often imposed on women writers. The forms of excess vary with each poet, but by conceiving of poetic excess... more...

  • Playing Smartby Catherine Keyser

    Rutgers University Press 2010; US$ 23.95

    Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Anita Loos, Lois Long, Jessie Fauset, Dawn Powell, Mary McCarthy, and others imagined New York as a place where they could claim professional status, define urban independence, and shrug off confining feminine roles. Their fiction raised questions about what it meant to be a woman in the public eye, how gender... more...

  • The Color of Democracy in Women's Regional Writingby Jean Carol Griffith

    University of Alabama Press 2009; US$ 49.50

    An exciting addition to the ongoing debate about the place of regionalism in American literary history. American regionalism has become a contested subject in literary studies alongside the ubiquitous triad of race, class, and gender. The Color of Democracy in Women's Regional Writing enters into the heart of an ongoing debate in the field about... more...