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Author Hinds, Elizabeth Jane Wall, 1960-

Title Private property : Charles Brockden Brown's gendered economics of virtue / Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds.

Published Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  813.2 BROWN/ HIND {Bund28 20111209}    AVAILABLE
Physical description 190 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-187) and index.
Contents 1. Private Property: Economics and Gender in the 1790s -- 2. Private Undertakings: The Double Virtues of Ormond, or the Secret Witness -- 3. Arthur Mervyn: Adam Smith and the American Boy -- 4. Wieland: Accounting for the Past -- 5. Brown's Revenge Tragedy: Edgar Huntly and the Uses of Property.
Summary Private Property explores Charles Brockden Brown's novels Wieland, Ormond, Arthur Mervyn, and Edgar Huntly; his dialogue on women's rights, Alcuin; and a few less well-known works such as "The Man at Home" series of essays and "Carwin, the Biloquist," with attention to Brown's differentiation of gender in economic matters. Author Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds takes on the terms of economic positioning in these works, suggesting that Brown's fictional women look nothing at all like his men within the republicanism that was growing to embrace an emerging capitalism during the American 1780s and 1790s. The new economic realities of this era contained the seeds of a changing definition of virtue, a definition suited to an economically defined and specifically capitalist male citizen operating in an increasingly large public space of activity. At the same time, an emerging "cult of domesticity" came to define the virtue of women within the growing U.S. capitalist economy.
Subject Brown, Charles Brockden, 1771-1810 -- Knowledge -- Economics.
Brown, Charles Brockden, 1771-1810 -- Ethics.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Didactic fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Economics in literature.
Sex role in literature.
Virtue in literature.
ISBN 0874136032 (alk. paper)