Download PDF by Robert Mcclure Smith, Ellen Weinauer (eds.): American Culture, Canons, and the Case of Elizabeth Stoddard

By Robert Mcclure Smith, Ellen Weinauer (eds.)

ISBN-10: 0817357939

ISBN-13: 9780817357931

Elizabeth Stoddard was once a proficient author of fiction, poetry, and journalism; effectively released inside of her personal lifetime; esteemed by way of such writers as William Dean Howells and Nathaniel Hawthorne; and located on the epicenter of recent York's literary international. still, she has been virtually excluded from literary reminiscence and value. This e-book seeks to appreciate why. by way of reconsidering Stoddard’s existence and paintings and her present marginal prestige within the evolving canon of yank literary reviews, it increases very important questions about women’s writing within the nineteenth century and canon formation within the twentieth century.
 
Essays during this examine find Stoddard within the context of her contemporaries, akin to Dickinson and Hawthorne, whereas others situate her paintings within the context of significant 19th-century cultural forces and concerns, between them the Civil battle and Reconstruction, race and ethnicity, anorexia and feminine invalidism, nationalism and localism, and incest. One essay examines the improvement of Stoddard's paintings within the gentle of her biography, and others probe her stylistic and philosophic originality, the journalistic roots of her voice, and the elliptical topics of her brief fiction. Stoddard’s lifelong venture to articulate the character and dynamics of woman's subjectivity, her hard therapy of lady urge for food and should, and her depiction of the advanced and infrequently ambivalent relationships that white middle-class girls needed to their family areas also are thoughtfully considered.
 
The editors argue that the forget of Elizabeth Stoddard's contribution to American literature is a compelling instance of the contingency of serious values and the instability of literary background. This examine asks the query, “Will Stoddard endure?” Will she proceed to float into oblivion or will a brand new iteration of readers and critics safe her tenuous legacy?


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Biographical Foreword / 33 NOTES 1. See Nina Baym’s well-known formulation of literary women’s conception of authorship, before 1870, as “a profession rather than a calling, as work and not art” (Woman’s Fiction [1978] 32). In the introduction to the second edition of Woman’s Fiction (1993) Baym suggests that she had earlier used the concept of “literary artist” somewhat anachronistically and proposes the term “genius” as more historically apt. 2. Elizabeth Stoddard, The Morgesons and Other Writings 24.

Though an indigenous American discourse for exploring subjectivity was being created during her time, it was generally unavailable to her. Not only was it predominantly male, but in the judgment of the literary circle on which she relied for guidance and support—that of her husband, the poet Richard Henry Stoddard, and his friends, who fancied themselves the founders of a genteel American poetic tradition—the vernacular and personal character of the work of writers like Walt Whitman was hopelessly vulgar.

Biographical Foreword / 33 NOTES 1. See Nina Baym’s well-known formulation of literary women’s conception of authorship, before 1870, as “a profession rather than a calling, as work and not art” (Woman’s Fiction [1978] 32). In the introduction to the second edition of Woman’s Fiction (1993) Baym suggests that she had earlier used the concept of “literary artist” somewhat anachronistically and proposes the term “genius” as more historically apt. 2. Elizabeth Stoddard, The Morgesons and Other Writings 24.

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