In the Master's Eye: Representations of Women, Blacks and Poor Whites in Antebellum Southern Literature (Hardback)
  • In the Master's Eye: Representations of Women, Blacks and Poor Whites in Antebellum Southern Literature (Hardback)
zoom

In the Master's Eye: Representations of Women, Blacks and Poor Whites in Antebellum Southern Literature (Hardback)

(author)
£38.50
Hardback Published: 31/08/1995
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
This book explores the way in which literature can be used to reinforce social power. Through rigorous readings of a series of antebellum plantation novels, Susan J. Tracy shows how the narrative strategies employed by proslavery Southern writers served to justify and perpetuate the oppression of women, blacks, and poor whites. Tracy focuses on the historical romances of six authors: George Tucker, James Ewell Heath, William Alexander Caruthers, John Pendleton Kennedy, Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, and William Gilmore Simms. Using variations on a recurring plot - in which a young planter/hero rescues a planter's daughter from an "enemy" of her class - each of these novelists reinforced an idealized vision of a Southern civilization based on male superiority, white supremacy, and class inequality. It is a world in which white men are represented as the natural leaders of loyal and dependent women, grateful and docile slaves, and inferior poor whites. According to Tracy, the interweaving of these themes reveals the extent to which the Southern defense of slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War was an argument not only about race relations but about gender and class relations as well.

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9780870239687
Weight: 708 g
Dimensions: 230 x 165 x 31 mm

You may also be interested in...

To the Lighthouse
Added to basket
Darkness Visible
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Flatland
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Pride and Prejudice
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
A Sort Of Life
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
How Fiction Works
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
How Proust Can Change Your Life
Added to basket
Mary and The Wrongs of Woman
Added to basket
Speak, Memory
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Ulysses
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Cane
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Added to basket
On Writing
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Jane Austen
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Complete Letters
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.