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  • 1. Preface: No More Separate Spheres!–Cathy N. Davidson

    2. Circling the Spheres: A Dialogue–Lawrence Buell

    3. "My Sister! My Sister!": The Rhetoric of Catharine Sedgwick's Hope Leslie–Judith Fetterley

    4. Sex, Class, and "Category Crisis": Reading Jewett's Transitivity–Marjorie Pryse

    5. Contradictory Impulses: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Resistance Theory, and the Politics of Chicano/a Studies–José F. Aranda Jr.

    6. Manifest Domesticity–Amy Kaplan

    7. Native Daughters in the Promised Land: Gender, Race, and the Question of Separate Spheres–You-me Park, Gayle Wald

    8. Poor Eliza–Lauren Berlant

    Book Reviews

    9. Metaphors of Dispossession: American Beginnings and the Translation of Empire, 1492-1637 by Gesa Mackenthun–Mary C. Fuller

    10. Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation by Teresa A. Goddu–Jonathan Elmer

    11. The Peculiarity of Literature: An Allegorical Approach to Poe's Fiction by Jeffrey DeShell–Carol H. Smith

    12. What Thoreau Said: "Walden" and the Unsayable by William C. Johnson Jr.–Leonard M. Scigaj

    13. The Tutor'd Mind: Indian Missionary Writers in Antebellum America by Bernd C. Peyer–Scott Andrews

    14. Home Fronts: Domesticity and Its Critics in the Antebellum United States by Lora Romero–Gustavus Stadler

    15. Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America by Saidiya V. Hartman; The Slumbering Volcano: American Slave Ship Revolts and the Production of Rebellious Masculinity by Maggie Montesinos Sale–Russ Castronovo

    16. Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity by Robert S. Levine–Shelley Fisher Fishkin

    17. Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives by Jennifer Fleischner–Ellen Weinauer

    18. Literature and Humanitarian Reform in the Civil War Era by Gregory Eiselein–Ezra Greenspan

    19. Reading for Realism: The History of a U.S. Literary Institution, 1850-1910 by Nancy Glazener–Philip Joseph

    20. "Huckleberry Finn" As Idol and Target: The Functions of Criticism in Our Time by Jonathan Arac–Everett Emerson

    21. The Prefaces of Henry James: Framing the Modern Reader by John H. Pearson–Joyce A. Rowe

    22. The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief by Mark Bauerlein–David Jarraway

    23. Fashioning the Female Subject: The Intertextual Networking of Dickinson, Moore, and Rich by Sabine Sielke–Gertrude Reif Hughes

    24. Dislocating the Color Line: Identity, Hybridity, and Singularity in African-American Literature by Samira Kawash–John Ernest

    25. An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature by King-Kok Cheung–Greta Ai-Yu Niu

    26. Brief Mention

    27. Announcements

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  • Description

    Much criticism of nineteenth-century American literature written during the last quarter century has been structured by the concept of “separate spheres,” a construction that often is recreated in contemporary critical practice. The contributors to this special issue examine and contest the way the category of gender—male versus female, extending to include, for example, the oppositions between public and private, worldly and domestic—has organized critical discussion regarding the formulation of American literature. Challenging the separate spheres model, these essays ask how other categories complicate this paradigm, especially with regard to issues of race, sexuality, class, region, religion, and occupation.

    In No More Separate Spheres! both established and new scholars look at the changing categories of analysis—from seventies feminism to nineties postcolonialism—that have shaped this discussion. In her introduction, Cathy N. Davidson assesses the state of criticism with regard to the separate spheres debate, and sets a constructive and often provocative tone for the rest of the volume. While one essay provides an overview of the multiple fronts on which the post-separate spheres model of criticism has been engaged, others offer perspectives that either support of directly confront and critique this model. Rather than seeking to establish yet another critical formula based on the opposition of binary terms, this special issue of American Literature will help move the debate to the next level.

    Contributors. José F. Aranda, Lauren Berlant, Lawrence Buell, Judith Fetterley, Amy Kaplan, You-me Park, Marjorie Pryse, Gail Wald

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