Also by this author: Sarah Orne Jewett
A highly regarded study of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic novel, revised and updated through 2001 for this new edition. Written by a leading scholar, the book is unique among studies of Stowe's novel in its emphasis on the links between Stowe's ideas and Marxism, liberation theology, and twentieth-century political resistance movements. The book also includes a new preface by the author and a section in which she responds to the canon wars of the 1990s, arguing that Stowes work is a masterpiece that merits canonical status.
Stowes text is plausibly linked to such divergent theorists as Jonathan Edwards, Karl Marx, Martin Buber, Gandhi, and Mikhail Bakhtin. There is a good section on the novel's critical reception - including the ongoing debate about the books racism - from its earliest reviews to modern academic responses. In the longer second part, Donovan gives a useful reading. . . . Many lines intersect in this analysis, from Stowe's cultural feminism, to her Marx-like economic critique, to her Quaker and Calvinist worldview. Both teachers and students will be pleased. - Choice
Professor of English at the University of Maine, Josephine Donovan is the author and editor of eleven books, including New England Local Color Literature: A Women's Tradition; After the Fall: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow; and Sarah Orne Jewett (also available from CYBEREDITIONS). Her Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions, named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice, is now in its third edition. Her most recent book is Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726, termed a work of extraordinary significance by Choice. She has also published articles in American Literature, Signs, and other journals.
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