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Reading the American Novel 1780 - 1865


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Preface vii Acknowledgments xv 1 Introduction to the American Novel: From Charles Brockden Brown's Gothic Novels to Caroline Kirkland s Wilderness 1 2 Historical Codes in Literary Analysis: The Writing Projects of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Stoddard, and Hannah Crafts 23 3 Women, Blood, and Contract: Land Claims in Lydia Maria Child, Catharine Sedgwick, and James Fenimore Cooper 45 4 Black Rivers, Red Letters, and White Whales: Mobility and Desire in Catharine Williams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville 67 5 Promoting the Nation in James Fenimore Cooper and Harriet Beecher Stowe 91 6 Women's Worlds in the Nineteenth-Century Novel: Susan B. Warner, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Fanny Fern, E. D. E. N. Southworth, Harriet Wilson, and Louisa May Alcott 119 Afterword 151 Further Reading 165 Index 171

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Shirley Samuels is Professor of English and AmericanStudies at Cornell University. She is the author of Romances ofthe Republic (1996) and Facing America (2004), andeditor of The Culture of Sentiment (1992) and TheCompanion to American Fiction, 1780 1865 (2004). She alsoedited the Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln(2012).

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