Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin: Nineteenth-century Women Novelists Respond To Stowe
Joy Jordan-LakeISBN: 0826514758;
Book DescriptionFew books have had more impact on U.S. history than Harriet Beecher Stowe?s Uncle Tom?s Cabin. The first American novel to sell more than a million copies, it provoked an entire reading public to extol it, debate it, weep over it, excoriate it. Fighting fire with fire, slavery apologists from North and South responded with their own fiction, producing over three dozen novels in direct response to Stowe?s work. Interestingly, a key portion of that fiction was written by women. In Whitewashing Uncle Tom?s Cabin, Joy Jordan-Lake examines those women-authored novels to produce compelling insights into both antebellum American culture and a proslavery ideology rife with internal tensions. Jordan-Lake begins by consideringthe male plantation literary tradition and then demonstrates how white women novelists of the anti?Uncle Tom school adopted characteristics from sentimental fiction, emulating Stowe?s own strategies more than those of their...
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