In the master's eye : representations of women, Blacks, and poor whites in antebellum Southern literature /

This book explores the way in which literature can be used to reinforce social power. Through rigorous readings of a series of antebellum plantation novels, Susan J. Tracy shows how the narrative strategies employed by proslavery Southern writers served to justify and perpetuate the oppression of wo...

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Main Author: Tracy, Susan Jean, 1947-
Format: Book
Published:Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c1995.
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Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I. The Antebellum South And the Production Of Southern Literature
  • 2. the Production of Southern Literature
  • 3. the Form of Southern Literature
  • 4. the Genesis of the "Plantation Novel"
  • II. Representations Of Women
  • 6. Unmarried Women: the "Belle," Passive Sufferer Versus Spirited Woman
  • 7. Unmarried Women: the "Spinster" And the "Fallen Woman"
  • 8. Married Women: Mothers
  • 9. Widows
  • III. Representations Of Blacks
  • 11. the Master-Slave Relationship Individual Portraits of Slaves
  • 13. Representations of Poor Whites
  • 14. the Problem of the Yeoman Farmer
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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