Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture - Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture 114 (Paperback)
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Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture - Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture 114 (Paperback)

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Throughout the nineteenth century, American fiction displayed a fascination with women's speech - describing how women's voices sound, what happens when women speak and what reactions their speech produces, especially in their male listeners. Voices of the Nation argues that closer inspection of these recurring descriptions also performed political work that has had a profound - though unspecified to date - impact on American culture. Commentaries on the female voice were propounded by writers such as Henry James, William Dean Howells and Noah Webster, and these texts played a central role in attempts to define and enforce the radical social changes instituted by the emerging bourgeoisie.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521102520
Number of pages: 204
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


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Review of the hardback: '... informative and illuminating.' Nineteenth-Century Literature
Review of the hardback: 'Voices of the Nation carves out an important space in the evolution of a more complex, nuanced understanding of the role of women in shaping nineteenth-century American public life and identity.' American Literary Realism

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