The Use of Spatial Imagery by Three Nineteenth-Century New England Authors: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Rose Terry Cooke: a Method

The Use of Spatial Imagery by Three Nineteenth-Century New England Authors: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Rose Terry Cooke: a Method

By: Jessica L. Hausmann (author)Hardback

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This is an important contribution to scholarship on late nineteenth-century American women writers. Hausmann describes how female characters in literary environments operate literally and symbolically to reveal conceptual complexities that challenge traditional notions about women and how their attitudes toward cultural and social influences shape women's lives. This work examines the use of spatial imagery by three nineteenth-century New England regionalist authors, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Rose Terry Cooke. In each of the works examined, spatial imagery is used to explore how women negotiate feminist issues. Looking at texts through the lens of spatial imagery is constructive given the centrality of spatial imagery in feminist literature and the way space is often gendered. As a particular image, parabolic space allows for complexity and resists dichotomous oversimplification. This way of reading is particularly suited to New England regionalism, with its emphasis on small settings and larger issues.

About Author

Dr. Jessica L. Hausmann received her Ph.D. in English Literature with emphasis on American and Women's Literature from Drew University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ.

Contents

Abstract; Foreword by Geraldine Smith-Wright; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Redefining Home:; Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's Thwarted Escapes and Domestic Refuges Jane Field; "Old Woman Magoun"; "The Revolt of 'Mother'"; "A New England Nun"; Chapter 3: "Little World[s]" and "Noble Landscape[s]":; Spatial Imagery in Sarah orne Jewett's Deephaven and The Country of Pointed Firs; Deephaven; The Country of Pointed Firs; Chapter 4: A Women's "Right" Place: Confinement, Starvation, and the Need for Transformative Space in Selected Works of Rose Terry Cooke; "The Ring Fetter"; "Mrs. Flint's Married Experience"; "Freedom Wheeler's Controversy with Providence"; "Maya the Princess"; "My Visitation"; Chapter 5: Conclusion; Bibliography/Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773435179
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9780773435179
  • ISBN10: 0773435174

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