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Child Saving, Nation Building: The Wide, Wide World and The Lamplighter

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Girls figure prominently in mid-nineteenth-century adoption fiction, as evidenced by Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World (1851) and Susanna Maria Cummins’s The Lamplighter (1854). These novels, set ... More


The Emergence of the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Ideal

Amy G. Richter

in At Home in Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780814769133
eISBN:
9780814769157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814769133.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Chapter 1 explores the relationship between home and a new middle-class moral order emerging in the early decades of the nineteenth century. As men’s labor increasingly moved outside the home, ... More


Women’s Novels and the Gendering of Genius

Renée Bergland

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385359
eISBN:
9780190252786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter focuses on novels written by women in the United States from 1790 to 1870, with special reference to the issues of female genius, assertiveness, and “self-dependence” that challenge the ... More


“The Taste of Life”: Suffering, Literary Mode, and Howellsian Realism

Cynthia J. Davis

in Pain and the Aesthetics of US Literary Realism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780198858737
eISBN:
9780191890857
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198858737.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter begins with a comparative analysis of pain’s importance to three prominent nineteenth-century literary modes: sentimentalism, naturalism, and realism. It then turns to the distinctive ... More


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