Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: Portraits of the Woman Artist

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Bucknell University Press, 2000 - Drama - 258 pages
"In Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: Portraits of the Woman Artist, Barker demonstrates how popular woman writers - Fanny Fern, E. D. E. N. Southworth, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, and Jessie Fauset - used the female visual artist as their artistic alter ego to renegotiate the boundaries between high and low culture." "In their challenge to a gendered, racialized evolutionary aesthetics as embodied in the female copyist as an icon of cultural reproduction, these women writers enact in a fictional format what many recent feminists address at the theoretical level: a resistance to essentialist definitions of women's nature and to "universal" standards of high culture."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

Cultural Reproduction and the Female Copyist
27
Domesticating the Sublime Fanny Fern and E D E N Southworth
39
The Riddle of the Sphinx Elizabeth Stuart Phelpss The Story of Avis
64
Louisa May Alcotts Women Artists Proving Avis in the Wrong
94
Kate Chopins Awakening of Female Artistry
120
Edith Whartons Portrait of a Lady in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
142
Authenticating the AfricanAmerican Female Artist Frances Harpers lola Leroy and Jessie Fausets Plum Bun
162
Notes
199
Bibliography
239
Index
255
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