American Women Writers and the Work of History, 1790-1860
Rutgers University Press, 1995 - Literary Collections - 307 pages
Just as she helped launch the rediscovery of literary texts by American women writers, Nina Baym now uncovers the work of history performed by over 150 writers in over 350 texts. Here she explores a world of important writing unknown even to most specialists. The novels, poems, plays, textbooks, and travel narratives written by women between 1790 and the Civil War defy current theories of women's writing that stress a female domain of the private, homebound, and emotional. History is inarguably public in its nature and these women wrote it. In doing so, they challenged the imaginative and intellectual boundaries that divided domestic and public worlds. They claimed on behalf of all women the rights to know and to speak about the world outside the home, as well as to circulate their knowledge and opinions among the public. Their work helped shape the enormous public interest in history characteristic of the antebellum nation, and ultimately to forge our national identity in the history of the world. Nina Baym deftly outlines the master narrative of history implied in women's writings of this period, and discusses in a completely revisioned context the emergence of women's history in public discourse.
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( Our Nig , 124 - 125 ) Whether Harriet Wilson ' s account is autobiographical or
not , by making her character read history for moral and intellectual
enlightenment - by making this kind of work articulate what had long been felt but
had remained ...
No matter what their particular focus , they aim to participate in the patriotic work
of establishing and affirming national origins , characters , and values . One might
hypothesize that if the reader of a historical novel was imagined as a female ...
The press published innumerable biographies of biblical characters in prose and
poetry and circulated countless engravings of ... Depictions of biblical women in
various media made up an archive of important documents for female character ...
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By revealing women's use of history in the making of it, Baym rebuts conventional wisdom about women's absence from national life in antebellum America. Baym (English/Univ. of Illinois, Champaign ... Read full review
Women as Students of History II
Maternal Historians Didactic Mothers
History from the Divine Point of View
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