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The Resource To kiss the chastening rod : domestic fiction and sexual ideology in the American Renaissance, G.M. Goshgarian

To kiss the chastening rod : domestic fiction and sexual ideology in the American Renaissance, G.M. Goshgarian

Label
To kiss the chastening rod : domestic fiction and sexual ideology in the American Renaissance
Title
To kiss the chastening rod
Title remainder
domestic fiction and sexual ideology in the American Renaissance
Statement of responsibility
G.M. Goshgarian
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The basic subject of bestselling antebellum "woman's fiction" written by women about women for women was, according to G.M. Goshgarian, sex--more particularly, incest. Goshgarian takes a close and penetrating look at the facts of life in the United States of the 1850s and offers "improper" readings of five bestselling works of women's fiction, now largely forgotten. In Goshgarian's view, the typical narrative of such domestic novels recounts the forging of a "true woman," detailing the trials and tribulations which--in one of the age's favorite metaphors--bring an excessively "passionate" adolescent heroine to "kiss the Father's chastening rod." Goshgarian maintains that, although their authors presented woman as pure and sexless, the pivot of these narratives was woman's, especially the moral mother's, natural incestuousness. Examining ideas about masturbation, female sexuality, the family, and post-Calvinist religion that shaped the readership of popular woman's fiction, To Kiss the Chastening Rod shows that passionlessness was the privileged theme of a pervasive discourse which sought to exert social control through the rigorous repression, minute supervision, and covert cultivation of sexuality. Through close readings of Maria Susanna Cummins's The Lamplighter, Mary Jane Holmes's Lena Rivers, Caroline Lee Hentz's Ernest Linwood, Augusta Jane Evans's Beulah, and Susan Warner's The Wide, Wide World, it demonstrates how woman's fiction simultaneously perpetuated and subverted the image of the passionless true woman. To Kiss the Chastening Rod will be read and vigorously debated by Americanists and Victorianists, literary theorists, and students of gender studies, popular culture, and the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Goshgarian, G. M
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Domestic fiction, American
  • Women and literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Incest in literature
  • Families in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Femmes et littérature
  • Écrits de femmes américains
  • Roman américain
  • Inceste dans la littérature
  • Famille dans la littérature
  • Sexualité dans la littérature
  • Roman familial américain
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Domestic fiction, American
  • Families in literature
  • Incest in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Women and literature
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / General
Label
To kiss the chastening rod : domestic fiction and sexual ideology in the American Renaissance, G.M. Goshgarian
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-234) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The fictional subject -- The facts of life in the 1850s -- His sister's keeper : Susan Warner's The wide, wide world -- Life with father : Augusta Jane Evans's Beulah -- Go away and die : The lamplighter, 'Lena Rivers, Ernest Linwood
Control code
ocn643971436
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 237 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501738609
Lccn
91055560
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvr6qj1f
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)643971436
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
To kiss the chastening rod : domestic fiction and sexual ideology in the American Renaissance, G.M. Goshgarian
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-234) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The fictional subject -- The facts of life in the 1850s -- His sister's keeper : Susan Warner's The wide, wide world -- Life with father : Augusta Jane Evans's Beulah -- Go away and die : The lamplighter, 'Lena Rivers, Ernest Linwood
Control code
ocn643971436
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 237 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501738609
Lccn
91055560
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvr6qj1f
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)643971436
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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