The Cambridge companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Weinstein, Cindy.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Introducing these 12 new essays, Weinstein (California Institute of Technology) observes that contemporary critics of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), like the novel's first readers, are "deeply divided as to its racist implications." Contributors present "compelling and competing interpretative possibilities"--not only for Stowe's bestseller, but also for several of her less frequently studied texts, including the documentary Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853) and the antislavery novels Dred (1856) and The Minister's Wooing (1859). Gillian Brown explores Stowe's own concern with "the issue of irreconcilable readings" in both Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Pearl of Orr's Island (1862). Marjorie Pryse suggests that Stowe "turns her prodigious moral intelligence on gender" in the latter novel; similarly, Gregg Crane cites Stowe's critique of "the legal status of women and the nature of marriage" in Lady Byron Vindicated: A History of the Byron Controversy, from its Beginnings in 1816 to the Present Time (1870). Other essayists include Weinstein, Samuel Otter, Michael Gilmore, Audrey Fisch, Judie Newman, Ronald Walters, Lawrence Buell, Carolyn Karcher, and Kenneth Warren. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. J. W. Hall University of Mississippi

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