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The Culture of sentiment [electronic resource] : race, gender, and sentimentality in nineteenth-century America /
edited by Shirley Samuels.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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viii, 349 p. : ill.
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0195063546 (Cloth)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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0195063546 (Cloth)
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-340) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-05:
Interdisciplinary in scope, the essays provide an expansive treatment of the cult of sentimentality, ranging from art and popular culture to history and literature. While sentimentality is most often associated with the literature of the 19th century, Samuels points out that "the aesthetics of sentiment appear in advice books, statues, photographs, pamphlets, lyric poems, fashion advertisements, and novels." Samuels argues, "the sentimental complex also situates the reader or viewer: that is, the act of emotional response the work evokes also produces the sentimental subject who consumes the work." Redefining the boundaries of sentimentality, the essays provide the reader with "a more thoroughly situated and engaged sense of how sentimental texts produce effects and how social and cultural meanings are embodied." Notable are "Narratives of the Female Body: The Greek Slave," by Joy S. Sisson for its consideration of sentimentality in art and "Sentimental Figures: Reading Godey's Lady's Book in Antebellum America," in which Isabelle Lehuu "proposes that Godey's images of fashionably dressed women staged a potentially subversive culture." Graduate; faculty. R. McCaughey-Silvia; University of Rhode Island
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"A boldly articulated series of revaluations of the domestic body politic of nineteenth-century America. These essays, investigating domesticity as it is embodied in novels, autobiographies, journalism, educational handbooks, photography, and sculpture, will be valuable both to students ofnineteenth-century culture and to those interested in how twentieth-century women evaluate their forebears' work in the constitution of nineteenth-century American life."--John Shoptaw, Princeton University
"A boldly articulated series of revaluations of the domestic body politicof nineteenth-century America. These essays, investigating domesticity as it isembodied in novels, autobiographies, journalism, educational handbooks,photography, and sculpture, will be valuable both to students ofnineteenth-century culture and to those interested in how twentieth-centurywomen evaluate their forebears' work in the constitution of nineteenth-centuryAmerican life."--John Shoptaw, Princeton University
"[An] excellent volume: well-written and edited, beautifully produced and illustrated, and unusually well-integrated, this collection demands a place on the bookshelves of all with an interest in nineteenth-century American society....Despite the wide diversity of subjects and approaches, theshared theme of sentimentality results in an unusually unified volume, one that significantly broadens the debate over the place and significance of sentimentality in nineteenth-century America....All of the volume's essays are characterized by consistently high quality, theoretical sophistication,and innovative scholarship, but are mercifully free of jargon....As the contributors forge new pathways, their volume enriches all who share an interest in American culture and society. Their book is exciting and important, for it does nothing less than add new ways of conceptualizing women, men,and society in nineteenth-century America."--Journal of the Early Republic
"[An] excellent volume: well-written and edited, beautifully produced andillustrated, and unusually well-integrated, this collection demands a place onthe bookshelves of all with an interest in nineteenth-century Americansociety....Despite the wide diversity of subjects and approaches, the sharedtheme of sentimentality results in an unusually unified volume, one thatsignificantly broadens the debate over the place and significance ofsentimentality in nineteenth-century America....All of the volume's essays arecharacterized by consistently high quality, theoretical sophistication, andinnovative scholarship, but are mercifully free of jargon....As the contributorsforge new pathways, their volume enriches all who share an interest in Americanculture and society. Their book is exciting and important, for it does nothingless than add new ways of conceptualizing women, men, and society innineteenth-century America."--Journal of the Early Republic
"I consider this volume to be a significant contribution to an area of study that has considerably changed our view of American Studies....The contributors to this volume have no doubt added to the new perspectives already established in cultural studies and have further elaborated problematicareas of discourse in American culture. This volume will undoubtedly exert some impact on future historians of ideas in America."--English Literary History
"I consider this volume to be a significant contribution to an area ofstudy that has considerably changed our view of American Studies....Thecontributors to this volume have no doubt added to the new perspectives alreadyestablished in cultural studies and have further elaborated problematic areas ofdiscourse in American culture. This volume will undoubtedly exert some impact onfuture historians of ideas in America."--English Literary History
"Invaluable....Samuels has arranged the collection so that the essays both intelligently complement and are informed by each other, creating a cohesive whole while providing a broad range of subjects and approaches to the function of sentimentality....The text will provide teachers andscholars of American literature and culture with a rich, much-needed mine of information and criticism on an aspect of nineteenth-century studies that has until very recently been insufficiently explored."--American Literature
"Invaluable....Samuels has arranged the collection so that the essays bothintelligently complement and are informed by each other, creating a cohesivewhole while providing a broad range of subjects and approaches to the functionof sentimentality....The text will provide teachers and scholars of Americanliterature and culture with a rich, much-needed mine of information andcriticism on an aspect of nineteenth-century studies that has until veryrecently been insufficiently explored."--American Literature
"Of great interest to all those concerned with women's studies and psychoanalytic and Marxist interpretations."--The Historian
"Of great interest to all those concerned with women's studies andpsychoanalytic and Marxist interpretations."--The Historian
"Samuels must be commended for assembling fifteen essays that so skillfully discuss the central and wide-ranging position of sentimentalism in American culture....This volume is rich with insight..."-- Nineteenth-Century Literature
"Samuels must be commended for assembling fifteen essays that soskillfully discuss the central and wide-ranging position of sentimentalism inAmerican culture....This volume is rich with insight..."-- Nineteenth-CenturyLiterature-University of California
"The essays in this volume [are] very well worth reading."--Reviews in American History
"The essays in this volume [are] very well worth reading."--Reviews inAmerican History
"The essays provide an expansive treatment of the cult of sentimentality, ranging from art and popular culture to history and literature."--Choice
"The essays provide an expansive treatment of the cult of sentimentality,ranging from art and popular culture to history and literature."--Choice
"The essays provide an expansive treatment of the cult of sentimentality, ranging from art and popular culture to history and literature."--Choice "This collection is exceptionally strong, the quality of the work consistently high. The volume will serve as a kind of benchmark in American cultural studies, for it consolidates a movement within the field that has been forming over the last ten years or so, and represents a coming-of-age of a particular kind of work: feminist, new historicist, race-class-gender oriented, and theoretically sophisticated without being jargon-ridden."--Jane Tompkins, Duke University "A boldly articulated series of revaluations of the domestic body politic of nineteenth-century America. These essays, investigating domesticity as it is embodied in novels, autobiographies, journalism, educational handbooks, photography, and sculpture, will be valuable both to students of nineteenth-century culture and to those interested in how twentieth-century women evaluate their forebears' work in the constitution of nineteenth-century American life."--John Shoptaw, Princeton University "[An] excellent volume: well-written and edited, beautifully produced and illustrated, and unusually well-integrated, this collection demands a place on the bookshelves of all with an interest in nineteenth-century American society....Despite the wide diversity of subjects and approaches, the shared theme of sentimentality results in an unusually unified volume, one that significantly broadens the debate over the place and significance of sentimentality in nineteenth-century America....All of the volume's essays are characterized by consistently high quality, theoretical sophistication, and innovative scholarship, but are mercifully free of jargon....As the contributors forge new pathways, their volume enriches all who share an interest in American culture and society. Their book is exciting and important, for it does nothing less than add new ways of conceptualizing women, men, and society in nineteenth-century America."--Journal of the Early Republic "Invaluable....Samuels has arranged the collection so that the essays both intelligently complement and are informed by each other, creating a cohesive whole while providing a broad range of subjects and approaches to the function of sentimentality....The text will provide teachers and scholars of American literature and culture with a rich, much-needed mine of information and criticism on an aspect of nineteenth-century studies that has until very recently been insufficiently explored."--American Literature "Of great interest to all those concerned with women's studies and psychoanalytic and Marxist interpretations."--The Historian "Samuels must be commended for assembling fifteen essays that so skillfully discuss the central and wide-ranging position of sentimentalism in American culture....This volume is rich with insight..."-- Nineteenth-Century Literature "The most effective essays in this book not only analyze-with breathtaking historical and theoretical sophistication-the paradoxical effects of ninetheenth-century sentimentality in its own time, but also lay bare its links with twentieth-century perceptions of difference."--he Women's Review of Books "The essays in this volume [are] very well worth reading."--Reviews in American History "I consider this volume to be a significant contribution to an area of study that has considerably changed our view of American Studies....The contributors to this volume have no doubt added to the new perspectives already established in cultural studies and have further elaborated problematic areas of discourse in American culture. This volume will undoubtedly exert some impact on future historians of ideas in America."--English Literary History
"The essays provide an expansive treatment of the cult of sentimentality, ranging from art and popular culture to history and literature."-- Choice "This collection is exceptionally strong, the quality of the work consistently high. The volume will serve as a kind of benchmark in American cultural studies, for it consolidates a movement within the field that has been forming over the last ten years or so, and represents a coming-of-age of a particular kind of work: feminist, new historicist, race-class-gender oriented, and theoretically sophisticated without being jargon-ridden."--Jane Tompkins, Duke University "A boldly articulated series of revaluations of the domestic body politic of nineteenth-century America. These essays, investigating domesticity as it is embodied in novels, autobiographies, journalism, educational handbooks, photography, and sculpture, will be valuable both to students of nineteenth-century culture and to those interested in how twentieth-century women evaluate their forebears' work in the constitution of nineteenth-century American life."--John Shoptaw, Princeton University "[An] excellent volume: well-written and edited, beautifully produced and illustrated, and unusually well-integrated, this collection demands a place on the bookshelves of all with an interest in nineteenth-century American society....Despite the wide diversity of subjects and approaches, the shared theme of sentimentality results in an unusually unified volume, one that significantly broadens the debate over the place and significance of sentimentality in nineteenth-century America....All of the volume's essays are characterized by consistently high quality, theoretical sophistication, and innovative scholarship, but are mercifully free of jargon....As the contributors forge new pathways, their volume enriches all who share an interest in American culture and society. Their book is exciting and important, for it does nothing less than add new ways of conceptualizing women, men, and society in nineteenth-century America."-- Journal of the Early Republic "Invaluable....Samuels has arranged the collection so that the essays both intelligently complement and are informed by each other, creating a cohesive whole while providing a broad range of subjects and approaches to the function of sentimentality....The text will provide teachers and scholars of American literature and culture with a rich, much-needed mine of information and criticism on an aspect of nineteenth-century studies that has until very recently been insufficiently explored."-- American Literature "Of great interest to all those concerned with women's studies and psychoanalytic and Marxist interpretations."-- The Historian "Samuels must be commended for assembling fifteen essays that so skillfully discuss the central and wide-ranging position of sentimentalism in American culture....This volume is rich with insight..."-- Nineteenth-Century Literature "The most effective essays in this book not only analyze-with breathtaking historical and theoretical sophistication-the paradoxical effects of ninetheenth-century sentimentality in its own time, but also lay bare its links with twentieth-century perceptions of difference."--he Women's Review of Books "The essays in this volume [are] very well worth reading."-- Reviews in American History "I consider this volume to be a significant contribution to an area of study that has considerably changed our view of American Studies....The contributors to this volume have no doubt added to the new perspectives already established in cultural studies and have further elaborated problematic areas of discourse in American culture. This volume will undoubtedly exert some impact on future historians of ideas in America."-- English Literary History
"The essays provide an expansive treatment of the cult of sentimentality, ranging from art and popular culture to history and literature."--Choice "This collection is exceptionally strong, the quality of the work consistently high. The volume will serve as a kind of benchmark in American cultural studies, for it consolidates a movement within the field that has been forming over the last ten years or so, and represents a coming-of-age of a particular kind of work: feminist, new historicist, race-class-gender oriented, and theoretically sophisticated without being jargon-ridden."--Jane Tompkins,Duke University "A boldly articulated series of revaluations of the domestic body politic of nineteenth-century America. These essays, investigating domesticity as it is embodied in novels, autobiographies, journalism, educational handbooks, photography, and sculpture, will be valuable both to students of nineteenth-century culture and to those interested in how twentieth-century women evaluate their forebears' work in the constitution of nineteenth-century American life."--John Shoptaw,Princeton University "[An] excellent volume: well-written and edited, beautifully produced and illustrated, and unusually well-integrated, this collection demands a place on the bookshelves of all with an interest in nineteenth-century American society....Despite the wide diversity of subjects and approaches, the shared theme of sentimentality results in an unusually unified volume, one that significantly broadens the debate over the place and significance of sentimentality in nineteenth-century America....All of the volume's essays are characterized by consistently high quality, theoretical sophistication, and innovative scholarship, but are mercifully free of jargon....As the contributors forge new pathways, their volume enriches all who share an interest in American culture and society. Their book is exciting and important, for it does nothing less than add new ways of conceptualizing women, men, and society in nineteenth-century America."--Journal of the Early Republic "Invaluable....Samuels has arranged the collection so that the essays both intelligently complement and are informed by each other, creating a cohesive whole while providing a broad range of subjects and approaches to the function of sentimentality....The text will provide teachers and scholars of American literature and culture with a rich, much-needed mine of information and criticism on an aspect of nineteenth-century studies that has until very recently been insufficiently explored."--American Literature "Of great interest to all those concerned with women's studies and psychoanalytic and Marxist interpretations."--The Historian "Samuels must be commended for assembling fifteen essays that so skillfully discuss the central and wide-ranging position of sentimentalism in American culture....This volume is rich with insight..."--Nineteenth-Century Literature "The most effective essays in this book not only analyze-with breathtaking historical and theoretical sophistication-the paradoxical effects of ninetheenth-century sentimentality in its own time, but also lay bare its links with twentieth-century perceptions of difference."--he Women's Review of Books "The essays in this volume [are] very well worth reading."--Reviews in American History "I consider this volume to be a significant contribution to an area of study that has considerably changed our view of American Studies....The contributors to this volume have no doubt added to the new perspectives already established in cultural studies and have further elaborated problematic areas of discourse in American culture. This volume will undoubtedly exert some impact on future historians of ideas in America."--English Literary History
"The most effective essays in this book not only analyze-with breathtaking historical and theoretical sophistication-the paradoxical effects of ninetheenth-century sentimentality in its own time, but also lay bare its links with twentieth-century perceptions of difference."--he Women's Reviewof Books
"The most effective essays in this book not only analyze-with breathtakinghistorical and theoretical sophistication-the paradoxical effects ofninetheenth-century sentimentality in its own time, but also lay bare its linkswith twentieth-century perceptions of difference."--he Women's Review ofBooks
"This collection is exceptionally strong, the quality of the work consistently high. The volume will serve as a kind of benchmark in American cultural studies, for it consolidates a movement within the field that has been forming over the last ten years or so, and represents a coming-of-age ofa particular kind of work: feminist, new historicist, race-class-gender oriented, and theoretically sophisticated without being jargon-ridden."--Jane Tompkins, Duke University
"This collection is exceptionally strong, the quality of the workconsistently high. The volume will serve as a kind of benchmark in Americancultural studies, for it consolidates a movement within the field that has beenforming over the last ten years or so, and represents a coming-of-age of aparticular kind of work: feminist, new historicist, race-class-gender oriented,and theoretically sophisticated without being jargon-ridden."--Jane Tompkins,Duke University
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Summaries
Long Description
Samuels's collection of critical essays gives body and scope to the subject of nineteenth-century sentimentality by situating it in terms of "women's culture" and issues of race. Presenting an interdisciplinary range of approaches that consider sentimental culture before and after the Civil War, these critical studies of American literature and culture fundamentally reorient the field. Moving beyond alignment with either pro- or anti-sentimentality camps, the collection makes visible the particular racial and gendered forms that define the aesthetics and politics of the culture of sentiment. Drawing on the fields of American cultural history, American studies, and literary criticism, the contributors include Lauren Berlant, Ann Fabian, Susan Gillman, Karen Halttunen, Carolyn L. Karcher, Joy Kasson, Amy Schrager Lang, Isabelle Lehuu, Harryette Mullen, Dana Nelson, Lora Romero, Shirley Samuels, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Lynn Wardley, and Laura Wexler.
Long Description
This collection of critical essays develops the study of nineteenth-century sentimentality by examining it in light of the so-called 'women's culture' and of issues of race.
Main Description
Samuels's collection of critical essays gives body and scope to the subject of nineteenth-century sentimentality by situating it in terms of "women's culture" and issues of race. Presenting an interdisciplinary range of approaches that consider sentimental culture before and after the CivilWar, these critical studies of American literature and culture fundamentally reorient the field. Moving beyond alignment with either pro- or anti-sentimentality camps, the collection makes visible the particular racial and gendered forms that define the aesthetics and politics of the culture ofsentiment. Drawing on the fields of American cultural history, American studies, and literary criticism, the contributors include Lauren Berlant, Ann Fabian, Susan Gillman, Karen Halttunen, Carolyn L. Karcher, Joy Kasson, Amy Schrager Lang, Isabelle Lehuu, Harryette Mullen, Dana Nelson, Lora Romero,Shirley Samuels, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Lynn Wardley, and Laura Wexler.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Tender Violence: Literary Eavesdropping, Domestic Fiction, and Educational Reformp. 9
"Domestic Differences": Competing Narratives of Womanhood in the Murder Trial of Lucretia Chapmanp. 39
Rape, Murder, and Revenge in "Slavery's Pleasant Homes": Lydia Maria Child's Antislavery Fiction and the Limits of Genrep. 58
Sentimental Figures: Reading Godey's Lady's Book in Antebellum Americap. 73
Bodily Bonds: The Intersecting Rhetorics of Feminism and Abolitionp. 92
Vanishing Americans: Gender, Empire, and New Historicismp. 115
Class and the Strategies of Sympathyp. 128
Unseemly Sentiments: The Cultural Problem of Gamblingp. 143
The Identity of Slaveryp. 157
Narratives of the Female Body: The Greek Slavep. 172
Sympathy as Strategy in Sedgwick's Hope Lesliep. 191
Relic, Fetish, Femmage: The Aesthetics of Sentiment in the Work of Stowep. 203
The Mulatto, Tragic or Triumphant? The Nineteenth-Century American Race Melodramap. 221
Runaway Tongue: Resistant Orality in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Our Nig, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Belovedp. 244
The Female Woman: Fanny Fern and the Form of Sentimentp. 265
Notesp. 283
Contributorsp. 341
Indexp. 343
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