This is a collection of new essays on one of the most important works of New England local colour fiction, The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett. It builds on feminist literary scholarship that affirms the importance and value of Jewett's work, but goes beyond previously published studies by offering an analysis of how race, nationalism, and the literary marketplace shape her narrative. The volume constitutes a major rethinking of Jewett's contribution to American literature, and will be of broad interest to the fields of American literary studies, feminist cultural criticism, and American studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Sarah Orne Jewett and the
traffic in words June Howard
2. Country's Portrayal of community and the
exclusion of difference Sandra Abelson Zagarell
3. Gender and American realism in The Country
of the Pointed Firs Michael Davitt Bell
4. Material culture, empire, and Jewett's The
Country of the Pointed Firs, Elizabeth Ammons
5. Regionalism and nationalism in Jewett's The
Country of the Pointed Firs Susan Gillman.