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Title:"A Better Guardianship": Mothers, Surrogates, and Female Education in Domestic Literature, 1790--1860;
"A Better Guardianship": Mothers, Surrogates, and Female Education in Domestic Literature, 1790--1860
Author(s):Chantell, Claire Ann
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:Modern critics of antebellum American literature have read domestic literature as bolstering the development of liberal-capitalist culture, including sentimental ideals of home and motherhood. This critical account does not explain, however, the widespread and recurrent evidence of ambivalence towards these ideals in this literature. Focusing specifically on representations of the mother's role in female education, I identify in nonfictional and fictional texts produced between 1780 and 1870 both moments of critique and attempts to accommodate sentimental maternalism. This ambivalence registers a residual commitment to republican, communitarian values amid the emergence and eventual domination of a liberal-capitalist social order.
Issue Date:2000
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:229 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81510
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971043
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000


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