American women writers and the work of history, 1790-1860

Front Cover
Rutgers University Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
0 Reviews
The author uncovers the work of history performed by more than 150 writers in over 350 texts, exploring a world of important writing unknown even to most specialists.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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


Z Women as Students of History
Maternal Historians Didactic Mothers
History from the Divine Point of View

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1995)

Nina Baym (Ph.D. Harvard) is Swanlund Endowed Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor Emerita of English and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of "The Shape of Hawthorne s Career"; "Woman s Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and About Women in America, 1820 1870"; "Novels, Readers, and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America"; "American Women Writers and the Work of History, 1790 1860"; "American Women of Letters and the Nineteenth-Century Sciences" and most recently, "Women Writers of the American West, 1833 1927". Some of her essays are collected in "Feminism and American Literary History"; she has also edited and introduced many reissues of work by earlier American women writers, from Judith Sargent Murray through Kate Chopin. In 2000 she received the MLA s Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American literary studies.