LITTLE WOMEN AND THE FEMINIST IMAGINATION

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Little Women And The Feminist Imagination

Author : Janice M. Alberghene
ISBN : 9781135593254
Genre : Literary Criticism
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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: Literary Criticism

Handbook Of The American Novel Of The Nineteenth Century

Author : Christine Gerhardt
ISBN : 9783110481327
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This handbook offers students and researchers a compact introduction to the nineteenth-century American novel in the light of current debates, theoretical concepts, and critical methodologies. The volume turns to the nineteenth century as a formative era in American literary history, a time that saw both the rise of the novel as a genre, and the emergence of an independent, confident American culture. A broad range of concise essays by European and American scholars demonstrates how some of America‘s most well-known and influential novels responded to and participated in the radical transformations that characterized American culture between the early republic and the age of imperial expansion. Part I consists of 7 systematic essays on key historical and critical frameworks ― including debates aboutrace and citizenship, transnationalism, environmentalism and print culture, as well as sentimentalism, romance and the gothic, realism and naturalism. Part II provides 22 essays on individual novels, each combining an introduction to relevant cultural contexts with a fresh close reading and the discussion of critical perspectives shaped by literary and cultural theory.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Afterlife Of Little Women

Author : Beverly Lyon Clark
ISBN : 9781421415581
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The hit Broadway show of 1912; the lost film of 1919; Katharine Hepburn, as Jo, sliding down a banister in George Cukor’s 1933 movie; Mark English’s shimmering 1967 illustrations; Jo—this time played by Sutton Foster—belting "I'll be / astonishing" in the 2004 Broadway musical flop: these are only some of the markers of the afterlife of Little Women. Then there’s the nineteenth-century child who wrote, "If you do not... make Laurie marry Beth, I will never read another of your books as long as I live." Not to mention Miss Manners, a Little Women devotee, who announced that the book taught her an important life lesson: "Although it’s very nice to have two clean gloves, it’s even more important to have a little ink on your fingers." In The Afterlife of Little Women, Beverly Lyon Clark, a leading authority on children’s literature, explores these and other after-tremors, both popular and academic, as she maps the reception of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel, first published in 1868. Clark divides her discussion into four historical periods. The first covers the novel’s publication and massive popularity in the late nineteenth century. In the second era—the first three decades of the twentieth century—the novel becomes a nostalgic icon of the domesticity of a previous century, while losing status among the literary and scholarly elite. In its mid-century afterlife (1930–1960), Little Women reaches a low in terms of its critical reputation but remains a well-known piece of Americana within popular culture. The book concludes with a long chapter on Little Women’s afterlife from the 1960s to the present—a period in which the reading of the book seems to decline, while scholarly attention expands dramatically and popular echoes continue to proliferate. Drawing on letters and library records as well as reviews, plays, operas, film and television adaptations, spinoff novels, translations, Alcott biographies, and illustrations, Clark demonstrates how the novel resonates with both conservative family values and progressive feminist ones. She grounds her story in criticism of children’s literature, book history, cultural studies, feminist criticism, and adaptation studies. Written in an accessible narrative style, The Afterlife of Little Women speaks to scholars, librarians, and devoted Alcott fans.
Category: Literary Criticism

From Little Houses To Little Women

Author : Nancy McCabe
ISBN : 9780826273376
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A typical travel book takes readers along on a trip with the author, but a great travel book does much more than that, inviting readers along on a mental and spiritual journey as well. This distinction is what separates Nancy McCabe’s From Little Houses to Little Women from the typical and allows it to take its place not only as a great travel book but also as a memoir about the children’s books that have shaped all of our imaginations. McCabe, who grew up in Kansas just a few hours from the Ingalls family’s home in Little House on the Prairie, always felt a deep connection with Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series. McCabe read Little House on the Prairie during her childhood and visited Wilder sites around the Midwest with her aunt when she was thirteen. But then she didn’t read the series again until she decided to revisit in adulthood the books that had so influenced her childhood. It was this decision that ultimately sparked her desire to visit the places that inspired many of her childhood favorites, taking her on a journey that included stops in the Missouri of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Minnesota of Maud Hart Lovelace, the Massachusetts of Louisa May Alcott, and even the Canada of Lucy Maud Montgomery. From Little Houses to Little Women reveals McCabe’s powerful connection to the characters and authors who inspired many generations of readers. Traveling with McCabe as she rediscovers the books that shaped her and ultimately helped her to forge her own path, readers will enjoy revisiting their own childhood favorites as well.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Children S Literature

Author : Francelia Butler
ISBN : UOM:49015002524909
Genre : Children's literature
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Category: Children's literature

Little Women

Author : Elizabeth Lennox Keyser
ISBN : 0805738975
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Elizabeth Lennox Keyser's new study, Little Women: A Family Romance considers the book as exactly that; a romance. In writing Little Women, Alcott romanticized her own family, depicting it as she wished it had been rather than as it actually was. Keyser focuses on the dynamics of the family, especially on the sisters' relationship among themselves and with their mother and on what Freud calls "the liberation of an individual ... from the authority of his parents," a necessary but painful process. Finally, Keyser views Little Women, for all its realistic detail, as a romance in Nathaniel Hawthorn's sense, plumbing the depths of the human heart and interrogating the nature and possibility of human happiness." "As Keyser demonstrates, Little Women possesses the richness and complexity of great literature and can be successfully taught or discussed at almost any level. While children will continue to read Little Women for its sentimental portrayal of an idealized family, adults can challenge themselves by reflecting on the questions this work raises in their lives and about their own families."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Category: Literary Criticism

Kiddie Lit

Author : Beverly Lyon Clark
ISBN : UOM:39015060021857
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Clark's study of the critical disregard for children's books since the end of the nineteenth century - which draws on recent scholarship in gender, cultural, and literary studies - offers provocative new insights into the history of both children's literature and American literature in general, and forcefully argues that the books our children read and love demand greater respect."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Literary Criticism

Imagining Adoption

Author : Marianne Novy
ISBN : UOM:39015050796724
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Engaging essays on the theme of adoption as seen in literary works and in writings by adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption activists
Category: Family & Relationships