American Women Writers and the Work of History, 1790-1860
Rutgers University Press, 1995 - American fiction - 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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A translation of Charles Rollin ' s multivolume ancient history appeared in New
York as early as 1729 and was republished in New York alone six more time by
1830 ; in 1834 Harper brought out the first of what would become almost annual ...
appeared in contemporary Texas border history as a crusade in which Protestant
republicanism opposed Catholic despotism on behalf of history itself . Even
before it was a question of annexing Texas to the United States , the land had
They exulted in their own superior delicacy and refinement , and thus concealed
from themselves the stirrings of envy at Naomi ' s beautiful appearance ” ( 232 ) .
At the bar with Quakers , Naomi ' s appearance “ presented a strange contrast to
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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
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