Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism

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Download or read book Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism written by Sharon M. Harris and published by University of Pennsylvania Press. This book was released on 1991-06 with total page 380 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the late 1860s until her death in 1910, Rebecca Harding Davis was one of the best-known writers in America. She broke into print as a young woman in the 1860s with "Life in the Iron Mills," which established her as one of the pioneers of American realism. She developed a literary theory of the "commonplace" nearly two decades before William Dean Howels shaped his own version of the concept. Yet, in spite of her importance to the literary and popular culture of her time, she has been, for the most part, ignored by scholars. Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism helps to change that.

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Download or read book Gale Researcher Guide for: Rebecca Harding Davis's Social Realism written by Robin L. Cadwallader and published by Gale, Cengage Learning . This book was released on with total page 6 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Gale Researcher Guide for: Rebecca Harding Davis's Social Realism is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.

Rebecca Harding Davis

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Download or read book Rebecca Harding Davis written by Rebecca Harding Davis and published by Vanderbilt University Press. This book was released on 2001 with total page 236 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is the annotated edition of novelist/journalist Rebecca Harding Davisís 1904 autobiography, Bits of Gossip, and a previously unpublished family history written for her children. The memoirs are not traditional autobiography; rather, they are Davis's perspective on the extraordinary cultural changes that occurred during her lifetime and of the remarkable--and sometimes scandalous--people who shaped the events. She provides intimate portraits of the famous people she knew, including Emerson, Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Ann Stephens, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Horace Greeley. Equally important are Davis's commentaries on the political activists of the Civil War era, from Abraham Lincoln to Booker T. Washington, from the "daughters of the Southland" to Lucretia Mott, from Henry Ward Beecher to William Still.

Rebecca Harding Davis

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Download or read book Rebecca Harding Davis written by Jane Atteridge Rose and published by Twayne Publishers. This book was released on 1993 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Rebecca Harding Davis was at once emblematic of and ahead of her time. As a devoted wife and mother of three for whom home and family were central, she embodied an ideal of nineteenth-century middle-American womanhood. As a writer, she broke with the tradition of sentimental fiction expected from women writers of her day to pioneer the development of realism. "Life in the Iron-Mills," which appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1861 as Davis's first published work, predated Emile Zola's entry into realistic fiction by six years. It is perhaps the first American story to treat the industrial workplace, ghettoized poverty, and an immigrant subculture as the matter of America. In a career that spanned 50 years in which she wrote short fiction, serialized novels, essays, and children's stories, Davis exposed racism, political corruption, and the subjugation of women and led the way in developing psychologically complex female characters. Despite this legacy, most scholars who have studied Davis's works in depth concur that she did not fulfill the promise shown in "Life in the Iron-Mills." To earn more money for her family, Davis eventually decided to favor quantity over quality. On the advice of her publisher she lightened her dark view of the human condition, and on the advice of her husband, a crusading journalist, she sometime advocated social causes in her fiction and was then criticized for being didactic. While she never abandoned her quest to write serious, honest fiction, her commitment was likely compromised under these influences. Rather than lamenting these choices, in Rebecca Harding Davis Jane Atteridge Rose uses them to demonstrate the tenuous position of the woman writing in the nineteenth century. That Davis was able to make a respectable name for herself in her chosen profession at a time when rigorous intellectual pursuits were discouraged among women is remarkable. Rose's study is the first to weave into its analysis of Davis's work a sustained and detailed discussion of the author's life. "The most distinctive feature of Rebecca Harding Davis's writing," Rose argues, "is its juxtaposition of antithetical values: vocation and family, egoism and self-denial, faith and cynicism, the material and the spiritual." While Davis's creative mediation of these opposing forces was conscious, there is also in her work evidence of an unconscious effort to reconcile the contradictions between the conventional choices she embraced in her personal life and the free-minded values she explored in her fiction. This effort may intrude on Davis's resolution of her works, Rose writes, but it also provokes fruitful analysis. Rebecca Harding Davis is an effort to reclaim a place in America s social history and its literary canon for a writer whose life and work are instructive to both. Davis's writing, Rose concludes, "stands as an artifact of a pioneer critical realist who was also a typical nineteenth-century American woman.

A Study Guide for Rebecca Harding Davis's "Life in the Iron Mills"

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Download or read book A Study Guide for Rebecca Harding Davis's "Life in the Iron Mills" written by Gale, Cengage Learning and published by Gale, Cengage Learning . This book was released on 2016 with total page 24 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Study Guide for Rebecca Harding Davis's "Life in the Iron Mills," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

Journalism and Realism

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ISBN 10 : 9780810127333
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Download or read book Journalism and Realism written by Thomas B. Connery and published by Northwestern University Press. This book was released on 2011-07-30 with total page 281 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A paradigm of actuality -- Searching for the real and actual -- Stirrings and roots: urban sketches and America's flaneur -- The storytellers -- Picturing the present -- Carving out the real -- Experiments in reality -- Documenting time and place.

Rebecca Harding Davis's Stories of the Civil War Era

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Download or read book Rebecca Harding Davis's Stories of the Civil War Era written by Rebecca Harding Davis and published by University of Georgia Press. This book was released on 2010 with total page 362 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The ten stories gathered here show Rebecca Harding Davis to be an acute observer of the conflicts and ambiguities of a divided nation and position her as a major transitional writer between romanticism and realism. Instead of focusing on major Civil War conflicts and leaders, she takes readers into the intimate battles fought on family farms and backwoods roads.

Parlor Radical

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Download or read book Parlor Radical written by Jean Pfaelzer and published by . This book was released on 1996 with total page 306 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Moreover, in her stunning blend of sentiment, gritty detail, and vernacular fiction, Davis broke down distinctions between the private and public worlds, distinctions that trapped women in the ideology of domesticity. In the first study to consider Davis as a literary activist, Jean Pfaelzer describes how Davis fulfilled her own charge to women authors to write "the inner life and history of their time with a power which shall make that time alive for future ages.".

American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists

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Download or read book American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists written by Edd Applegate and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2002 with total page 472 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This reference includes alphabetically arranged biographical and critical entries for more than 120 American Realistic and Naturalistic novelists, including Henry Adams, Sherwood Anderson, Saul Bellow, Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, and Jack London. Each entry includes basic biographical information and a narrative overview of the writer's educational background, professional career, and published works. These works are briefly discussed to show how they fit within the Realistic and Naturalistic traditions.

A Study Guide for Rebecca Harding Davis's "Margret Howth: A Story of To-Day"

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Literature and Journalism in Antebellum America

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Download or read book Literature and Journalism in Antebellum America written by M. Canada and published by Springer. This book was released on 2011-04-11 with total page 203 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Explores the sibling rivalry that emerged in the American literary marketplace in the decades after the advent of the penny press, showing how journalism became a target, a counterpoint, and even a model for numerous American authors, including Thoreau, Cooper, Poe, and Stowe.

Writers of the American Renaissance

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The Tangled Roots of Feminism, Environmentalism, and Appalachian Literature

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ISBN 10 : 9780821415092
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Download or read book The Tangled Roots of Feminism, Environmentalism, and Appalachian Literature written by Elizabeth Sanders Delwiche Engelhardt and published by Ohio University Press. This book was released on 2003 with total page 225 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this study, Elizabeth Engelhardt finds in the work of four women writers from Appalachia, the origins of what is recognized today as ecological feminism - a wide-reaching philosophy that values the connections between humans and non-humans and works for social and environmental justice.

A Law Unto Herself

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Download or read book A Law Unto Herself written by Rebecca Harding Davis and published by U of Nebraska Press. This book was released on 2015-01-22 with total page 234 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A scathing critique of the legal status of women and their property rights in nineteenth-century America, Rebecca Harding Davis’s 1878 novel A Law Unto Herself chronicles the experiences of Jane Swendon, a seemingly naïve and conventional nineteenth-century protagonist struggling to care for her elderly father with limited financial resources. In order to continue care, Jane seeks to secure her rightful inheritance despite the efforts of her cousin and later her husband, a greedy man who has tricked her father into securing her hand in marriage. Appealing to middle-class literary tastes of the age, A Law Unto Herself elucidated for a broad general audience the need for legal reforms regarding divorce, mental illness, inheritance, and reforms to the Married Women’s Property Laws. Through three fascinating female characters, the novel also invites readers to consider evolving gender roles during a time of cultural change.

American Writers

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Download or read book American Writers written by Elizabeth H. Oakes and published by Infobase Publishing. This book was released on 2004 with total page 449 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "American Writers focuses on the rich diversity of American novelists

Women in the American Civil War

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Download or read book Women in the American Civil War written by Lisa Tendrich Frank and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2008 with total page 631 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Presents both general information and biographies about women and their roles in the American Civil War, describing the lives of nurses, writers, abolitionists, war widows, spies, and rural and urban women on both sides of the conflict.

Women's Contribution to Nineteenth-century American Theatre

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Download or read book Women's Contribution to Nineteenth-century American Theatre written by Miriam López Rodríguez and published by Universitat de València. This book was released on 2011-11-28 with total page 184 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Aquesta col·lecció d'assajos mostra els múltiples aspectes de la contribució que va fer la dona, al teatre americà del segle XIX. En aquest estudi s'ensenyen diversos tipus de dones i els rols que ocupen, així com reflecteix la manera que Susan Glaspell i Sophie Treadwell van ajudar a donar forma al teatre, entre moltes altres que escriurien dècades més tard.