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Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism - Gender and American Culture (Paperback)
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Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism - Gender and American Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 30/11/2015
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In this though-provoking study of nineteenth-century America, J. Samaine Lockwood offers an important new interpretation of the literary movement known as American regionalism. Lockwood argues that regionalism in New England was part of a widespread woman-dominated effort to rewrite history. Lockwood demonstrates that New England regionalism was an intellectual endeavor that overlapped with colonial revivalism and included fiction and history writing, antique collecting, colonial home restoration, and photography. The cohort of writers and artists leading this movement included Sarah Orne Jewett, Alice Morse Earle, and C. Alice Baker, and their project was taken up by women of a younger generation, such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, who extended regionalism through the modernist moment.

Lockwood draws on a diverse archive that includes fiction, material culture, collecting guides, and more. Showing how these women intellectuals aligned themselves with a powerful legacy of social and cultural dissent, Lockwood reveals that New England regionalism performed queer historical work, placing unmarried women and their myriad desires at the center of both regional and national history.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469625362
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
All scholars of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, not just those interested in literary regionalism, gender and sexuality studies, material culture, or performance studies will benefit from reading this volume.--Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature


In this sophisticated, impeccably researched volume, Lockwood demonstrates how in the period 1865-1915, both well-known and obscure New England women represented and performed 'history' in literary and historiographic texts and in creating heritage tourist sites. Essential.--Choice


Lockwood's contribution to literary and historical studies of nineteenth-century America is multifaceted.--New England Quarterly


Lockwood deftly reveals how much 'spectral fusions' performed the most intimate historicism of all, as past women's lives haunted and inhabited the very bodies of their unmarried subjects--American Historical Review

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