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Truthful Pictures : Slavery Ordained by God in the Domestic, Sentimental Novel of the Nineteenth Century South - Diane N. Capitani

Truthful Pictures

Slavery Ordained by God in the Domestic, Sentimental Novel of the Nineteenth Century South

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2009
ISBN: 9780739112328
Number Of Pages: 147

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Truthful Pictures examines novels and sermons written in the antebellum South, in particular those written after the 1851 publication of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It begins with a historical overview of the function of women writers in American literature in order to help locate sentimental fiction within the historical place of women in America by analyzing the works of Southern female authors such as Caroline Hentz and Mary H. Eastman. Though they follow in Harriet Beecher Stowe's footsteps, authors like Hentz and Eastman used their voice in conjunction with Christian ideology to support slavery. The text then explores the way in which Holy Scripture was perverted in Southern sermons by pulpit leaders such as Thorton Stringfellow and Alexander McCaine in order to allow the continued enslavement of one group by another, using religion to defend white patriarchy as the normal way of life. By examining antebellum sermons and writings and their influence on sentimental novels, Truthful Picture shows how religious texts reinforced political ideologies in the wake of increasing racial tensions between the North and the South.

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The book's main virtues are its detailed summaries of literary works that are hard to obtain and often painful to read....she has given us a detailed historical portrait of some major dynamics of our own homegrown social sin, the effects of which are still diminishing and destroying lives nearly 160 years later.--Theological Studies, June 1, 2010

Introductionp. 1
The Function of Women Writers in American Historyp. 9
The Cult of True Womanhood and the Southern Domestic Novelp. 15
The Nineteenth-Century Southern Woman and the Domestic Novelp. 23
Slavery Defended from Scripture: Influences in the Southern Novelp. 31
Southern Women Writers: Refuting the "Northern Hussy" and Defending Slavery from Scripturesp. 57
Male Voices in Southern Domestic Fiction: Politics as Usualp. 95
Enlightening Blighted Africap. 117
Conclusion: A Monstrous Systemp. 129
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 145
About the Authorp. 147
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ISBN: 9780739112328
ISBN-10: 0739112325
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 147
Published: 1st February 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.4

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