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Description - Elizabeth Stoddard & the Boundaries of Bourgeois Culture by Lynn Mahoney

This book traces Stoddard's emergence as a writer in the 1850s, her conflict-ridden relationships with the writers associated with the genteel tradition, and her efforts to negotiate the boundaries of Victorian culture in the United States. While in many ways a critic of nineteenth-century bourgeois culture, Stoddard remained in other ways an adherent; her work was not a rejection of bourgeois culture but a reworking of it, which suggests that bourgeois culture was not as monolithic as later critics believed. Recovering the richness and possibility that characterized early Victorian writing, this book examines the range of literary expression which had existed at mid-century, a period that boasts some of American literature's most iconoclastic voices.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415968348
ISBN-10: 0415968348
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lynn Mahoney

Lynn Mahoney received her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University. She is currently the Director of Liberal Studies and Academic Advising at Purchase College, SUNY, where she teaches history and women's studies.