Download e-book for kindle: Negotiating Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century American by Mary McCartin Wearn

By Mary McCartin Wearn

Returning to a foundational second within the heritage of the yank relatives, Negotiating Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century American Literature explores how a number of authors of the interval represented the maternal function – an place of work that got here to a brand new, social prominence on the finish of the eighteenth century. by way of interpreting maternal figures within the works of various authors akin to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Sarah Piatt, this booklet exposes the contentious yet fruitful negotiations that happened within the middle of the yank sentimental period – negotiations concerning the cultural meanings of relatives, womanhood, and motherhood. This publication, then, demanding situations severe buildings that determine American sentimentalism as a coherent, monolithic venture, tied strictly to the forces of cultural conservatism. moreover, by way of exploring nineteenth-century demanding situations to traditional maternal ideology and by way of exposing gaps within the mythology of "ideal" motherhood, Negotiating Motherhood demonstrates that the icon of an American Madonna – a determine that also haunts America’s mind's eye – by no means had an uncontested reign. Transcending the bounds of literary feedback, this paintings might be important to feminist students and to those that have an interest within the historical past of women’s tradition, the yankee mythology of kin lifestyles, or the cultural development of motherhood.

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