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The Resource Uncommon women : gender and representation in nineteenth-century U.S. women's writing, Laura Laffrado

Uncommon women : gender and representation in nineteenth-century U.S. women's writing, Laura Laffrado

Label
Uncommon women : gender and representation in nineteenth-century U.S. women's writing
Title
Uncommon women
Title remainder
gender and representation in nineteenth-century U.S. women's writing
Statement of responsibility
Laura Laffrado
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Uncommon Women discusses provocative, highly readable, nineteenth-century American texts that complicate notions of self-writing and female agency. This feminist study considers the generic forms, language, and illustrations of a group of complex and often daring texts, including Sarah Kemble Knight's unconventional travel Journal (1825); Fanny Fern's controversial newspaper essays (1851-72); Civil War nurse Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches (1863); and cross-dressed soldier S. Emma E. Edmonds's Nurse and Spy in the Union Army (1865), along with later women's war reminiscences. The study concludes with a fresh reading of neglected aspects of Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), the primary Black female autobiographical text of the century, which fundamentally displays what whiteness enabled." "Uncommon Women reveals attempts of white middle-class women to both violate and align themselves with gendered assumptions. In doing so, it makes visible .the ways in which these texts disputed restrictive female constructions, tested boundaries of race and class, and anticipated reaction to their disruptive discourses. The resulting conflicted self-representations illuminate the vexed contours of women's autobiography." "This study's findings make plain the impact of white/male discourses of gender on women's self-narrative and illustrate how unconventional women were pressured to embrace domesticity, heterosexuality, marriage, motherhood, and political passivity."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Laffrado, Laura
Dewey number
810.9/9287
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS152
LC item number
.L34 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Women in literature
  • Women, White, in literature
  • Sex role in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Feminism and literature
Label
Uncommon women : gender and representation in nineteenth-century U.S. women's writing, Laura Laffrado
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-180) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Without any resort to Amazonian conventions" : women, writing, representation -- "A more masculine courage" : women's voice and the nineteenth-century publication of Sarah Kemble Knight's Journal -- "Everything by turns and nothing long" : configurations of female selfhood in Fanny Fern's early periodical writing -- "How could you leave me alone when the room was full of men!" : gender and self-representation in Louisa May Alcott's Hospital sketches -- "I am other than my appearance indicates" : sex-gender representation in women's nineteenth-century Civil War reminiscences -- "I found it hard to preserve my self-control" : race, women, representation
Control code
ocn267049617
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 187 pages
Isbn
9780814206188
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008045776
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) 1183292
Label
Uncommon women : gender and representation in nineteenth-century U.S. women's writing, Laura Laffrado
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-180) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Without any resort to Amazonian conventions" : women, writing, representation -- "A more masculine courage" : women's voice and the nineteenth-century publication of Sarah Kemble Knight's Journal -- "Everything by turns and nothing long" : configurations of female selfhood in Fanny Fern's early periodical writing -- "How could you leave me alone when the room was full of men!" : gender and self-representation in Louisa May Alcott's Hospital sketches -- "I am other than my appearance indicates" : sex-gender representation in women's nineteenth-century Civil War reminiscences -- "I found it hard to preserve my self-control" : race, women, representation
Control code
ocn267049617
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 187 pages
Isbn
9780814206188
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008045776
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) 1183292

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