Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
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Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Cindy Weinstein
Book DescriptionIn Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Cindy Weinstein radically revises our understanding of nineteenth-century sentimental literature in the United States. She argues that these novels are far more complex than critics have suggested. Rather than confirming the power of the bourgeois family, Weinstein argues, sentimental fiction used the destruction of the biological family as an opportunity to reconfigure the family in terms of love rather than consanguinity. Their texts intervened in debates about slavery, domestic reform and other social issues of the time. Weinstein shows how canonical texts, such as Melville's Pierre and works by Stowe and Twain, can take on new meaning when read in the context of nineteenth-century sentimental fiction. Through intensive close readings of a wide range of novels, this groundbreaking study demonstrates the aesthetic and political complexities in this important and influential genre.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521842532
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Cindy Weinstein
Pierre, Paperback (January 2017)
Magnificent and strange, Pierre is a richly allusive novel mirroring both antebellum America and Herman Melville's own life.
Time, Tense, and American Literature, Hardback (October 2015)
This book examines canonical American authors who employ a range of tenses to tell a story that has already taken place.
Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature, Paperback (January 2008)» View all books by Cindy Weinstein
This book juxtaposes representations of labour in fictional and non-fictional texts in order to trace the intersections between aesthetic and economic discourse in nineteenth-century America.
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Author Biography - Cindy Weinstein
Cindy Weinstein is author of The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature: Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (Cambridge 1995), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe (forthcoming, Cambridge).
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