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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

by Caroline Field Levander

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture Synopsis

Throughout the nineteenth century, American fiction 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. Commentaries on the female voice were propounded by writers such as Henry James, William Dean Howells and Noah Webster, and these texts played a central role in attempts to define and enforce the radical social changes instituted by the emerging bourgeoisie.

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture Press Reviews

Review of the hardback: '... informative and illuminating.' Nineteenth-Century Literature Review of the hardback: '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 ...a useful addition to the literature in rhetoric and public affairs. Rhetoric & Public Affairs Recommended for both undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines of the liberal arts. Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521102520
Publication date: 12th March 2009
Author: Caroline Field Levander
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 204 pages
Categories: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

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