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作者 McDonald, Kathleen A
書名 Unheard voices: Women's private writings enlighten the eighteenth century (Massachusetts, Esther Edwards Burr, Ann Green Winslow, Abigail Smith Adams, Elizabeth Cranch Norton, Elizabeth Richards Child)
國際標準書號 9780542161094
book jacket
說明 199 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-05, Section: A, page: 1771
Director: Ronald A. Bosco
Thesis (Ph.D.)--State University of New York at Albany, 2005
Personal letters and diaries written in the mid-to-late eighteenth century by women connected to Boston, Massachusetts are the centerpiece of this dissertation. The writings range from 1755 until about 1815. The writings of Esther Edwards Burr, Anna Green Winslow and Abigail Smith Adams received prior publication, while that of Elizabeth Cranch Norton and Elizabeth Richards Child are unpublished manuscripts housed at the Massachusetts Historical Society
Multiple issues spanning disciplinary fields are examined through these documents. The first is What is Literature? The lenses of New Criticism, Marxism, and Feminism are introduced to help focus this question and the responses to it. The genres of the personal diary and the letter are examined for their current placement within Literature. These questions interrogate the legitimacy of the Literary canon. Using multiple theoretical lenses results in these writings, heretofore understood as personal and therefore outside of the Literary, being read as texts meriting inclusion within Literature
The second issue undertaken in this work is a historical understanding of how the women who lived these lives documented their own perceptions of their world and their place within it. To understand this culture a brief chronicle of the unique political and religious history of Boston and of the history of Puritanism as it evolved out of the Reformation is included. The core of this dissertation is interpretation of the primary texts. These texts depict women's responses to their culture's understanding of domesticity and household economy, religion and women's duties therein, and women's multiple levels of engagement in the public sphere
Motherhood and domestic management were the centerpieces of their worlds, but these worlds were as filled with men and their everyday lives as they were with other women and children. These women were crucial contributors---sometimes sole contributors---to their familial economic sustenance. Whether as an extension of their husband's position or completely within a female economic world, these women had commitments to official and unofficial jobs far beyond the realm of the domestic. Finally, commitments to organized religion and informal attempts at political influence clearly demonstrate active engagement in the public sphere
School code: 0668
DDC
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-05A
主題 Literature, American
History, United States
0591
0337
Alt Author State University of New York at Albany
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