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The Conception and Estimate of a Gentleman

John Mayfield

in Counterfeit Gentlemen: Manhood and Humor in the Old South

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033372
eISBN:
9780813039480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033372.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

For a time, the Virginia gentleman was not the two-dimensional wall hanging he was later to become. He was open to interpretation, even caustic satire. More than that, his impact as a masculine image ... More


Oaks, Serpents and Dandies: Pseudoaristocracy in Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn

Ellen Crowell

in The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction: Aristocratic Drag

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625482
eISBN:
9780748652051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625482.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter compares dandyism in Anglo-Irish and Anglo-Southern literature, focusing on Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn. It argues that in these two ... More


John Pendleton Kennedy’s Plantation of the Picturesque

Christopher Hanlon

in America’s England: Antebellum Literature and Atlantic Sectionalism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199937585
eISBN:
9780199333103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937585.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the resonance of the English picturesque in the U.S. South, arguing that while southern appreciators of landscape during the antebellum period admired the picturesque for ... More


Anxieties of Ownership:: Debt, Entitlement, and the Plantation Romance

Chad Luck

in The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263004
eISBN:
9780823266340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263004.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the exploitative property relationship of master and slave as it is depicted in the pro-slavery novels of William Gilmore Simms and in the popular slave narratives of Frederick ... More


A Representation of Almost Every Interest and Pursuit in the Union: The Border South on the Eve of the Secession Crisis

Michael D. Robinson

in Union Indivisible: Secession and the Politics of Slavery in the Border South

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633787
eISBN:
9781469633794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633787.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter explores the political, economic, and social trajectory of the Border South during the decade of the 1850s. Utilizing census data, it demonstrates the importance of slavery to the ... More


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