No More Separate Spheres! A Next Wave American Studies Reader

by Cathy N. Davidson

Part of the Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies Series

No More Separate Spheres! A Next Wave American Studies Reader Synopsis

No More Separate Spheres! challenges the limitations of thinking about American literature and culture within the narrow rubric of male public and female private spheres from the founders to the present. With provocative essays by an array of cutting-edge critics with diverse viewpoints, this collection examines the ways that the separate spheres binary has malingered unexamined in feminist criticism, American literary studies, and debates on the public sphere. It exemplifies new ways of analyzing gender, breaks through old paradigms, and offers a primer on feminist thinking for the twenty-first century. Using American literary studies as a way to talk about changing categories of analysis, these essays discuss the work of such major authors as Catharine Sedgwick, Herman Melville, Pauline E. Hopkins, Frederick Douglass, Catharine Beecher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Sarah Orne Jewett, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Maria Ampara Ruiz de Burton, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Brooks, Cynthia Kadohata, Chang Rae-Lee, and Samuel Delany. No More Separate Spheres! shows scholars and students different ways that gender can be approached and incorporated into literary interpretations. Feisty and provocative, it provides a forceful analysis of the limititations of any theory of gender that applies only to women, and urges suspicion of any argument that posits woman as a universal or uniform category. By bringing together essays from the influential special issue of American Literature of the same name, a number of classic essays, and several new pieces commissioned for this volume, No More Separate Spheres! will be an ideal teaching tool, providing a key supplementary text in the American literature classroom.Contributors. Jose F. Aranda, Lauren Berlant, Cathy N. Davidson, Judith Fetterley, Jessamyn Hatcher, Amy Kaplan, Dana D. Nelson, Christopher Newfield, You-me Park, Marjorie Pryse, Elizabeth Renker, Ryan Schneider, Melissa Solomon, Siobhan Somerville, Gayle Wald , Maurice Wallace

No More Separate Spheres! A Next Wave American Studies Reader Press Reviews

This groundbreaking collection of essays by a group of extraordinary scholars and critics treats a wide range of key American writers and presents the most important arguments of the last twenty years on gender and sexuality and on class, race, and nationalism in American cultural expression. The book demonstrates clearly how far we have come, what we have learned, and what is at stake today in our reading, in the classroom, and in our lives. It asks, finally, if we will accept the continuation of separate spheres or if we will keep striving to resist them. A major achievement! -Emory Elliott, University of California, Riverside

Book Information

ISBN: 9780822328933
Publication date: 10th May 2002
Author: Cathy N. Davidson
Publisher: Duke University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general, Gender studies, gender groups,

About Cathy N. Davidson

Cathy N. Davidson is Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English at Duke University. Jessamyn Hatcher is a faculty member in the General Studies Program at New York University.

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