Women's Early American Historical Narratives by Various Authors & Sharon M. Harris
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This fascinating collection presents a rare look at women writers' first-hand perspectives on early American history. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries many women authors began to write historical analysis, thereby taking on an essential role in defining the new American Republicanism. Like their male counterparts, these writers worried over the definition and practice of both public and private virtue, human equality, and the principles of rationalism. In contrast to male authors, however, female writers inevitably addressed the issue of inequality of the sexes. This collection includes writings that employ a wide range of approaches, from straightforward reportage to poetical historical narratives, from travel writing to historical drama, and even accounts in textbook format, designed to provide women with exercises in critical thinking—training they rarely received through their traditional education.


 

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Published June 24, 2003 by Penguin Classic. 368 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Claire Youmans also thrills with ""Mortmain"" (literally, ""dead hand""), in which the death of an Italian matriarch leaves two grown children finagling themselves into the good graces of the estate executor.

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But if the collection itself is various, the series is not: it's a little disappointing to see so many names repeated from Women on Women 2 (Michelle Cliff, Gerry Pearlberg, Ellen Frye, Lexa Rosean, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Rebecca Brown).

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These 15 short stories by women writers about women detectives have previously appeared in either Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

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Launched 10 years ago by sexpert Susie Bright, the Herotica series has acquired a sustained following.

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Yes, Virginia, there were women writers in the early years of the American republic, and Harris, a scholar and founder of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, gathers extracts from the published works of 10 of these women, covering the years 1790-1830, and forming the beginning of...

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