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“A Modern and a Model Pioneer”: Civilizing the Frontier in Woolson’s “A Pink Villa”

Annamaria Formichella Elsden

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s short story “Pink Villa” (1888). It raises the following questions: what index to America does Woolson’s story provide? When Horace Bartholomew calls ... More


American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Cindy Weinstein and Christopher Looby (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156172
eISBN:
9780231520775
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Rethinking the category of aesthetics in light of recent developments in literary theory and social criticism, this book showcases the interpretive possibilities available to those who bring ... More


The Balances of Deceit; or, What Does Silver Mean to Me?: Woolson’s “Castle Nowhere” and the Money Question during Reconstruction

Michael Germana

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s novella “Castle Nowhere” (1875). It examines the role of monetary metaphors in Woolson’s fiction, how she maps these metaphors onto social fissures, and ... More


Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Tourist Outback of Florida

Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle

in Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621074
eISBN:
9781469621098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621074.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the work of Constance Fenimore Woolson, who imagined freedpeople, particularly freedwomen, as successful citizens in an ethnically diverse America. Her writings contributed to ... More


Cypresses, Chameleons, and Snakes: Displacement in Woolson’s “The South Devil”

Kathleen Diffley

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s “The South Devil” (1880), a story of a Florida swamp by that name. It suggests that “The South Devil” investigates differing paradigms for national reform ... More


Geology and Genre in Woolson’s Southern Travel Sketches

Timothy Sweet

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the compositional dynamics of Woolson’ approach to travel accounts. It suggests that Northern nostalgia and Northern investment were intimately related when it came to ... More


A Government of Men and Not of Laws: Lynch Mobs

Mark Storey

in Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199893188
eISBN:
9780199332793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199893188.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter considers one of the most provocative and controversial forms of popular justice in the postbellum period. Through numerous examples of how lynchings were depicted in the fiction of the ... More


Henry James, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and the Figure in the Carpet

Dorri Beam

in American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156172
eISBN:
9780231520775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a reading of Henry James' “A Figure in the Carpet” and Constance Fenimore Woolson's “Miss Grief.” It is about intimacy; but the intimacy generated takes place less within the ... More


Imagining Sites of Memory in the Post—Civil War South: The National Cemetery in Woolson’s “Rodman the Keeper”

Martin T. Buinicki

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines Constance Fenimore Woolson’s story “Rodman the Keeper” (1877). It considers Northern sentiment about national cemeteries for the Union dead, and investigates the ways in which ... More


The Merits of Transit: Woolson’s Return to Reconstruction in Jupiter Lights

Sharon Kennedy-Nolle

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s Jupiter Lights (1889). The novel fosters a retrospective engagement in order to question the nation’s increasingly conservative drift toward segregation ... More


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