This seminar examines the ways in which sentimental fictions mapped the terrain of social reform in 19th-century America and explores the relationship between narratives grounded in a sentimental aesthetic--one gendered feminine and often produced by women--and the transformation of the radical politics of the antebellum era into the genteel reforms of late Victorianism. Efforts by novelists to reshape popular attitudes and influence public policy toward disadvantaged groups will be juxtaposed to an analysis of the cultural empowerment that the production of such narratives conferred upon both writers and genteel readers.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NONE Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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