By Robert Mcclure Smith, Ellen Weinauer (eds.)
Elizabeth Stoddard used to be a talented author of fiction, poetry, and journalism; effectively released inside her personal lifetime; esteemed by means of such writers as William Dean Howells and Nathaniel Hawthorne; and positioned on the epicenter of latest York's literary international. still, she has been virtually excluded from literary reminiscence and value. This e-book seeks to appreciate why. by way of reconsidering Stoddard’s existence and paintings and her present marginal prestige within the evolving canon of yank literary reports, it increases vital questions on women’s writing within the nineteenth century and canon formation within the twentieth century.
Essays during this research find Stoddard within the context of her contemporaries, resembling Dickinson and Hawthorne, whereas others situate her paintings within the context of significant 19th-century cultural forces and matters, between them the Civil struggle and Reconstruction, race and ethnicity, anorexia and feminine invalidism, nationalism and localism, and incest. One essay examines the improvement of Stoddard's paintings within the gentle of her biography, and others probe her stylistic and philosophic originality, the journalistic roots of her voice, and the elliptical subject matters of her brief fiction. Stoddard’s lifelong undertaking to articulate the character and dynamics of woman's subjectivity, her tough remedy of lady urge for food and should, and her depiction of the advanced and infrequently ambivalent relationships that white middle-class ladies needed to their household areas also are thoughtfully considered.
The editors argue that the forget of Elizabeth Stoddard's contribution to American literature is a compelling instance of the contingency of severe values and the instability of literary heritage. This examine asks the query, Will Stoddard endure?” Will she proceed to float into oblivion or will a brand new new release of readers and critics safe her tenuous legacy?
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Extra info for American Culture, Canons, and the Case of Elizabeth Stoddard
As in her short stories, however, Stoddard emphasizes the ¤ctive character of the happy ending. Here, the exceptional nature of the heroine’s experiences contrasts with the spectacle of her women relatives’ stulti¤ed lives and the incapacities that shackle most of the novel’s men, while the religious skepticism and general sense of existential precariousness that pervade the novel shadow the possibility of any lasting happiness. One of the earmarks of The Morgesons is the disjuncture between its plot and its commitment to expressing subjectivity.
Biographical Foreword Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard (1823–1902) Sandra A. Zagarell Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard is a challenging ¤gure for students of nineteenth-century American literature. A strong individualist, she has always been cited for the uniqueness of her personality and her work. William Dean Howells said that “in whatever she did she left the stamp of a talent like no other, and of a personality disdainful of literary environment” (Literary Friends 77). ” And she was at odds with the prevailing women’s literary traditions, though her work bears the traces of several.
I wished for you and wondered if I could con¤de to you my complex nature and life . . I am sometimes so driven by circumstances that I feel at bay. I stamp my feet, shake my mane at anybody who looks at me through my bars” (31 Mar. 14 During the 1870s she also had an association, about which little is known, with a younger man named Edward Smith, who escorted her to cultural events and gave her expensive gifts—and with whom she denied having an affair. Her most important friendship was with Edmund Clarence Stedman, who remained personally devoted to her and committed to her work all her life: the frank and expressive relationship she had with him gave her some of the appreciation she found so rarely.