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Sentimentalism in Nineteenth-Century America: Literary and Cultural Practices

Literary essay


by
Mary G. De Jong (Editor)

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Page count: 238 pages

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Language: English

Tracing the eighteenth-century origins of sentimentalism, the collection illustrates its proliferation in nineteenth-century America. Sentimental writings by both sexes played a major role in the formation of middle-class culture and identity as sentimentalism interacted with developing ideals of domesticity, reform movements, and nationhood. Contributors explore motherhood, education, reform, loss and mourning, and the Civil War’s explosion of the faith in universal feelings and ideas on which sentimentalism was based.

(“Both sexes” is an important phrase, for, contrary to popular belief even among literary scholars, men participated actively in literary sentimentalism)

Tracing the eighteenth-century origins of sentimentalism, the collection illustrates its proliferation in nineteenth-century America. Sentimental writings by both sexes played a major role in the formation of middle-class culture and identity as sentimentalism interacted with developing ideals of domesticity, reform movements, and nationhood. Contributors explore motherhood, education, reform, loss and mourning, and the Civil War’s explosion of the faith in universal… (more)

Tracing the eighteenth-century origins of sentimentalism, the collection illustrates its proliferation in nineteenth-century America. Sentimental writings by both sexes played a major role in the formation of middle-class culture and identity as sentimentalism interacted with developing ideals of domesticity, reform movements, and nationhood. Contributors explore motherhood, education, reform, loss and mourning, and the Civil War’s explosion of the faith in universal feelings and ideas on which sentimentalism was based.

(“Both sexes” is an important phrase, for, contrary to popular belief even among literary scholars, men participated actively in literary sentimentalism)

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