By Mary McCartin Wearn
Returning to a foundational second within the historical past of the yankee relations, Negotiating Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century American Literature explores how a number of authors of the interval represented the maternal position – an place of work that got here to a brand new, social prominence on the finish of the eighteenth century. by means of reading maternal figures within the works of numerous authors corresponding to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Sarah Piatt, this e-book exposes the contentious yet fruitful negotiations that came about within the center of the yankee sentimental period – negotiations in regards to the cultural meanings of relations, womanhood, and motherhood. This publication, then, demanding situations severe structures that determine American sentimentalism as a coherent, monolithic undertaking, tied strictly to the forces of cultural conservatism. in addition, by way of exploring nineteenth-century demanding situations to traditional maternal ideology and by way of exposing gaps within the mythology of "ideal" motherhood, Negotiating Motherhood demonstrates that the icon of an American Madonna – a determine that also haunts America’s mind's eye – by no means had an uncontested reign. Transcending the bounds of literary feedback, this paintings should be beneficial to feminist students and to those that have an interest within the background of women’s tradition, the yankee mythology of relatives existence, or the cultural building of motherhood.