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Author Baym, Nina.

Title American women writers and the work of history, 1790-1860 / Nina Baym.

Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [1995]


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 UniM Bail  813.081099287 BAYM    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-294) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Women as Students of History -- 3. Maternal Historians, Didactic Mothers -- 4. History from the Divine Point of View -- 5. Poetic Demonstrations of Learning and Patriotism -- 6. Eyewitness History -- 7. Tourists in Time -- 8. Imaginary Histories -- 9. The Tyrants' Victims -- 10. Women's Place in History -- Biographical Notes on American Women Writers of History -- Historical Works by American Women.
Summary Just as she helped launch the rediscovery of literary texts by American women writers, Nina Baym now uncovers the work of history performed by over 150 writers in over 350 texts. Here she explores a world of important writing unknown even to most specialists. The novels, poems, plays, textbooks, and travel narratives written by women between 1790 and the Civil War defy current theories of women's writing that stress a female domain of the private, homebound, and emotional. History is inarguably public in its nature and these women wrote it. In doing so, they challenged the imaginative and intellectual boundaries that divided domestic and public worlds. They claimed on behalf of all women the rights to know and to speak about the world outside the home, as well as to circulate their knowledge and opinions among the public. Their work helped shape the enormous public interest in history characteristic of the antebellum nation, and ultimately to forge our national identity in the history of the world. Nina Baym deftly outlines the master narrative of history implied in women's writings of this period, and discusses in a completely revisioned context the emergence of women's history in public discourse.
Subject Historical fiction, American -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Historiography -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women historians -- United States.
ISBN 0813521424 (cloth)
0813521432 (paperback)