American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation; Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female Authorship

American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation; Not in Sisterhood: Edith... American Literature demand. Collating the work with colonialist texts, including Spenser’s own View of the Present State of Ireland, Bach shows definitively that even these so-called private love poems are part of colonial discourse. An important part of Bach’s work is her discussion of resisting texts by the colonized: Irish poetry, for example, that depicts Ireland not as a readily submissive female but as a weeping one. While Irish and English works might present contrasting figures of Ireland, each is a relatively direct and unambiguous ideological construction. Brown’s and Crain’s books stay on the American side of the Atlantic. By choosing more local foci, Brown and Crain call attention to the technology of culture, giving more emphasis to the subtle contestations and negotiations that are always part of that project. Both do this by studying how children learned in the colonial (and for Crain, nineteenthcentury) United States, and with the help of what books. Copiously illustrated and beautifully produced, Crain’s The Story of A is a pleasure to hold, look at, and read. Playful and allusive in her treatment of texts, Crain’s wide-ranging analysis includes commentary on such presentday communication technologies as postmodern art, children’s television programming, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Literature Duke University Press

American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation; Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female Authorship

American Literature, Volume 74 (2) – Jun 1, 2002

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press
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0002-9831
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American Literature demand. Collating the work with colonialist texts, including Spenser’s own View of the Present State of Ireland, Bach shows definitively that even these so-called private love poems are part of colonial discourse. An important part of Bach’s work is her discussion of resisting texts by the colonized: Irish poetry, for example, that depicts Ireland not as a readily submissive female but as a weeping one. While Irish and English works might present contrasting figures of Ireland, each is a relatively direct and unambiguous ideological construction. Brown’s and Crain’s books stay on the American side of the Atlantic. By choosing more local foci, Brown and Crain call attention to the technology of culture, giving more emphasis to the subtle contestations and negotiations that are always part of that project. Both do this by studying how children learned in the colonial (and for Crain, nineteenthcentury) United States, and with the help of what books. Copiously illustrated and beautifully produced, Crain’s The Story of A is a pleasure to hold, look at, and read. Playful and allusive in her treatment of texts, Crain’s wide-ranging analysis includes commentary on such presentday communication technologies as postmodern art, children’s television programming, and

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