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Voices of the Nation : Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture - Caroline Field Levander

Voices of the Nation

Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

Hardcover Published: 13th January 1998
ISBN: 9780521593748
Number Of Pages: 204

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Throughout the nineteenth century, American authors such as Henry James, William Dean Howells, and Noah Webster displayed a fascination with women's speech--describing how women's voices sound, what happens when women speak, and what reactions their speech produces, especially in their male listeners. Voices of the Nation argues that closer inspection of these recurring descriptions also performed political work that has had a profound--though unspecified to date--impact on American culture.

' ... informative and illuminating.' Nineteenth-Century Literature 'Voices of the Nation carves out an important space in the evolution of a more complex, nuanced understanding of the role of women in shaping nineteenth-century American public life and identity.' American Literary Realism

Introduction
The Voice of the Nation: Gender, Speech, and Nineteenth-Century American life
Bawdy talk: The Politics of Women's Speech in Henry James's
The Bostonians and Sarah J. Hale's
The Lecturess
'Foul Mouthed Women': Disembodiment and Public Discourse in Herman
The Fatal Marriage
Incarnate Words: Nativism, Nationalism, and the Female Body in Maria Monk's Awful Disclosures
Partners in Speech: Reforming Labor, Class, and the Working Woman's Body in
The Silent Partner
'Queer Trimmings': Dressing, Cross-Dressing, and Women's Suffrage in Lillie
Fettered for Life
Southern Oratory and The Slavery Debate in Caroline Lee Hentz's Planter's
Northern Bride and Harriet Jacobs's
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Conclusion
'Every Wrong that Needs a Voice': Women and Political Activism at the Turn into the Twentieth Century
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ISBN: 9780521593748
ISBN-10: 0521593743
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 13th January 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.47