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Domestic novelists in the Old South : defenders of southern culture / Elizabeth Moss.

By: Moss, Elizabeth, 1959-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Southern literary studies: Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1992Description: xii, 249 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0807117307 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807117309 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): American fiction -- Southern States -- History and criticism | Domestic fiction, American -- History and criticism | Women and literature -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism | American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Southern States -- In literature | Families in literature | Home in literature | English literature By Women | United StatesDDC classification: 813/.3099287 Summary: At a time when sectional conflicts were dividing the nation, five best-selling southern domestic novelists vigorously came to the defense of their native region. In response to northern criticism, Caroline Gilman, Caroline Hentz, Maria McIntosh, Mary Virginia Terhune, and Augusta Jane Evans presented through their fiction what they believed to be the "true" South. From the mid-1830s through 1866, these five novelists wrote about an ordered South governed by the.Summary: aristocratic ethic of noblesse oblige, and argued that slavery was part of a larger system of reciprocal relationships that made southern society the moral superior of the individualistic North. Scholars have typically approached the domestic novel as a national rather than a regional phenomenon, assuming that because practically all domestic fiction was written by and for women, the elements of all domestic novels are essentially identical. Elizabeth Moss corrects that.Summary: simplification, locating Gilman, Hentz, McIntosh, Terhune, and Evans within the broader context of antebellum social and political culture and establishing their lives and works as important sources of information concerning the attitudes of southerners, particularly southern women, toward power and authority within their society. Moss's study of the novels of these women challenges the "transhistorical view" of women's history and integrates women into the larger.Summary: context of antebellum southern history. Domestic Novelists in the Old South shows that whereas northern readers and writers of domestic fiction may have been interested in changing their society, their southern counterparts were concerned with strengthening and sustaining the South's existing social structure. But the southern domestic novelists did more than reiterate the ideology of the ruling class; they also developed a compelling defense of slavery in terms of.Summary: southern culture that reflected their perceptions of southern society and women's place within it. Just how strong an impact these books had cannot be precisely determined, but Moss argues that at the height of their popularity, the five novelists were able to reach a broader audience than male apologists. In spite of their literary and historical significance, Caroline Gilman, Caroline Hentz, Maria McIntosh, Mary Virginia Terhune, and Augusta Jane Evans have received.Summary: scant scholarly attention. Moss shows that the lives and works of these five women illuminate the important role domestic novelists played in the ideological warfare of the day. Writing in the language of domesticity, they appealed to the women of America, using the images of home and hearth to make a persuasive case for antebellum southern culture.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-242) and index.

At a time when sectional conflicts were dividing the nation, five best-selling southern domestic novelists vigorously came to the defense of their native region. In response to northern criticism, Caroline Gilman, Caroline Hentz, Maria McIntosh, Mary Virginia Terhune, and Augusta Jane Evans presented through their fiction what they believed to be the "true" South. From the mid-1830s through 1866, these five novelists wrote about an ordered South governed by the.

aristocratic ethic of noblesse oblige, and argued that slavery was part of a larger system of reciprocal relationships that made southern society the moral superior of the individualistic North. Scholars have typically approached the domestic novel as a national rather than a regional phenomenon, assuming that because practically all domestic fiction was written by and for women, the elements of all domestic novels are essentially identical. Elizabeth Moss corrects that.

simplification, locating Gilman, Hentz, McIntosh, Terhune, and Evans within the broader context of antebellum social and political culture and establishing their lives and works as important sources of information concerning the attitudes of southerners, particularly southern women, toward power and authority within their society. Moss's study of the novels of these women challenges the "transhistorical view" of women's history and integrates women into the larger.

context of antebellum southern history. Domestic Novelists in the Old South shows that whereas northern readers and writers of domestic fiction may have been interested in changing their society, their southern counterparts were concerned with strengthening and sustaining the South's existing social structure. But the southern domestic novelists did more than reiterate the ideology of the ruling class; they also developed a compelling defense of slavery in terms of.

southern culture that reflected their perceptions of southern society and women's place within it. Just how strong an impact these books had cannot be precisely determined, but Moss argues that at the height of their popularity, the five novelists were able to reach a broader audience than male apologists. In spite of their literary and historical significance, Caroline Gilman, Caroline Hentz, Maria McIntosh, Mary Virginia Terhune, and Augusta Jane Evans have received.

scant scholarly attention. Moss shows that the lives and works of these five women illuminate the important role domestic novelists played in the ideological warfare of the day. Writing in the language of domesticity, they appealed to the women of America, using the images of home and hearth to make a persuasive case for antebellum southern culture.

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A significant milestone in our growing understanding of the uniqueness of antebellum southern womanhood and the literature and history thereof. Historian Moss (Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in Washington, DC), brings to bear that discipline's insights on her study of five 19th-century southern women writers: Caroline Gilman, Caroline Hentz, Maria McIntosh, Mary Virginia Terhune, and Augusta Evans. Moss consulted not only all the major historical and literary studies written about the South in the past two decades, but also collections of unpublished materials in almost two dozen libraries, archives, and historical societies. She endeavors to correct what she views as two errors made in earlier critiques of domestic fiction: the failure by scholars to recognize regional differences; and the disparagement of domestic fiction as either narrowly focused and conservative or the praise of these writers as profoundly radical. Moss presents an alternative interpretation of "the defiance of southern domestic heroines," in their attempting "not to subvert authority but simply to assert their moral autonomy." Moss accomplishes her task in crisp, elegant prose. Of particular interest is her chapter that traces the responses of Hentz and McIntosh in their own fiction to Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Strongly recommended for all undergraduate and graduate collections. E. R. Baer; Gustavus Adolphus College

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Elizabeth Moss was born and raised in Essex England, and writes historical fiction as Victoria Lamb and Beth Good in romantic comedy fiction. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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