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Language and Gender in American Fiction

Howells, James, Wharton and Cather

  • Authors
  • Elsa Nettels

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Elsa Nettels
    Pages 1-3
  3. Elsa Nettels
    Pages 159-183
  4. Elsa Nettels
    Pages 184-186
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-214

About this book

Introduction

Elsa Nettels's analysis of American fiction and criticism of the post-Civil War era unearths the prevailing assumptions about language and gender as revealed in definitions of masculine and feminine, and in comparisons of men's and women's speech and writing. Chapters on William Dean Howells, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Utopian fiction show how individual writers both reinforced and subverted gender ideology in their treatment of language and social class and in their construction of dialogue and the discourse of first and third person narrators.

Keywords

America fiction gender Henry James Victorian era women

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