Howe wrote The Hermaphrodite when her own marriage was challenged by her husband's affection for another man-and when prevailing notions regarding a woman's appropriate role in patriarchal structures threatened Howe's intellectual and emotional survival. The novel allowed Howe, and will now allow her readers, to occupy a speculative realm otherwise inaccessible in her historical moment.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm
"The publication of the book is one of the most exciting developments in nineteenth-century American literary studies of the past decades. It parallels the recovery of many other works by women and writers of color, but because it is an intersexual text, it also brings a new voice and perspective into scholarly conversations. . . . Howe's writings are newly important. We are lucky that they are available to us."-Renee Bergland, Legacy -- Renee Bergland * Legacy *
"William's introduction to the volume contextualizes Howe's manuscript and provides fuel for interpretive thought."-Rebecca Resinski, Key Reporter -- Rebecca Resinski * Key Reporter *
"Scholars, teachers, and students of American studies are fortunate that Williams has edited, published, and introduced contemporary readers to Julia Ward Howe's Laurence manuscripts. The Hermaphrodite opens new perspectives on Julia Ward Howe. In this novel we hear the voice of the author as an important intellectual, and an astute critique of American culture who would later gain acclaim as an exemplary advocate for the rights of African Americans and women."-Laura Castor, American Studies in Scandinavia -- Laura Castor * American Studies in Scandinavia *
"The Hermaphrodite should be especially alluring to students of queer theory, since it has taken over a century and a half for the book to come out of the closet. . . . A historically relevant and enduring novel." -Liz Webster, CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women -- Liz Webster * CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women *
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