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

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Bucknell University Press, 2000 - Drama - 258 pages
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"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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Page 36 - She saw no, not saw, but felt through and through a picture; she bestowed upon it all the warmth and richness of a woman's sympathy; not by any intellectual effort, but by this strength of heart, and this guiding light of sympathy, she went straight to the central point, in which the master had conceived his work.

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."....We are but ashes of fallen stars..." I have written poetry since childhood and wanted to leave some footprints in the sand by sharing my words in a book. I still have no idea of how or why I write - it just sort of hits me often at the most inappropriate times (such as in the middle of listening to a concert or when just nodding off to sleep). My 49 odd years of living on this planet has provided a rich and varied seam of material. Significantly, moving back Homeward to the spectacular landscape of North Wales in my 40s has topped up my well of inspiration. Murmurative Dances: - A few little facts about me... * I am 100% made in Wales * I have lived in 28 houses in different parts of the UK * I earn my living as a holistic therapist - massageinmotion.co.uk * I have gradually lost my sense of smell over the years and would like to think that it has been replaced by a strong sense of intuition and need for colour in my life. * I play a mean game of Scrabble * I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up.... I am available for poetry recitals and perform in a poetry/classical guitar duo with Jonathan Richards. Contact me via deborah.barker@fsmail.net for bookings or for further copies of this book.

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