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Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women's Literature in America, 1820-1860 (Gender and American Culture)

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In this compelling interdisciplinary study, Linda Grasso demonstrates that using anger as a mode of analysis and the basis of an aesthetic transforms our understanding of American women's literary history. Exploring how black and white nineteenth-century women writers defined, expressed, and dramatized anger, Grasso reconceptualizes antebellum women's writing and illuminates an unrecognized tradition of discontent in American literature. She maintains that two equally powerful forces shaped this tradition: women's anger at their exclusion from the democratic promise of America, and the cultural prohibition against its public articulation.

Grasso challenges the common notion that nineteenth-century women's writing is confined to domestic themes and shows instead how women channeled their anger into art that addresses complex political issues such as slavery, nation-building, gender arrangements, and race relations. Cutting across racial and genre boundaries, she considers works by Lydia Maria Child, Maria W. Stewart, Fanny Fern, and Harriet Wilson as superb examples of the artistry of angry expression. Transforming their anger through literary imagination, these writers bequeathed their vision of an alternative America both to their contemporaries and to subsequent generations.

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Grasso explores the ways in which black and white 19th-century women writers define, express, and dramatize anger. Offering close readings of works by Lydia Maria Child, Maria W. Stewart, Fanny Fern, and Harriet Wilson, she shows how women used an aesthetic of discontent to address such complex social and political issues as slavery, industrialization, imperialism, and race relations.

About the Author

Linda M. Grasso is associate professor of English at York College, the City University of New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807853481
Author:
Grasso, Linda M.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Lydia Maria Child, Maria W. Stewart, Fanny Fern, Harriet Wilson
Location:
Chapel Hill, NC
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Social problems in literature
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
Anger in literature.
Subject:
White women in literature.
Subject:
African American women in literature
Subject:
Feminist fiction, American
Subject:
American
Subject:
American fiction -- 19th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Gender and American Culture (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
106-679
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , Grasso explores the ways in which black and white 19th-century women writers define, express, and dramatize anger. Offering close readings of works by Lydia Maria Child, Maria W. Stewart, Fanny Fern, and Harriet Wilson, she shows how women used an aesthetic of discontent to address such complex social and political issues as slavery, industrialization, imperialism, and race relations.
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