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Title:Maternal Realism: Public Mothering in the Work of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins
Author(s):Bergman, Jill Annette
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Baym, Nina
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Women's Studies
Abstract:This project explores the place of women writers generally excluded from studies of literary realism. Writing in response to the same cultural and economic changes taking place in America as more conventional realists, Phelps, Gilman, and Hopkins retain elements of popular domestic fiction to create a new form: maternal realism. Their fictions conceive of an America in need of motherly guidance, offering a maternal value system and the practice of public mothering as a viable alternative to the nation's increasingly individualistic and capitalistic ethos. Challenging the Howellsian notion that realism must portray "the world of men's activities," these writers deploy the feminine, maternal ethic of domestic fiction as a means of rewriting the codes of realism and valorizing women's experiences.
Issue Date:1999
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:285 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81503
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9952965
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1999


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