Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Casebook , and: The Cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe (review)

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Casebook , and: The Cambridge Introduction to... Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle tom's Cabin: a casebook. Edited by Elizabeth Ammons. new York: oxford university press, 2007. x + 248 pp. $125.00/$29.95 paper. The cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe. by Sarah robbins. new York: Cambridge university press, 2007. x + 144 pp. $75.00/$21.99 paper/$16.00 e-book. reviewed by Desirée Henderson, university of Texas, Arlington arriet beecher Stowe has been celebrated, denigrated, recovered, and canonized, in roughly that order, as her reputation has experienced the ebb and flow of critical reception from the nineteenth century to today. Following the now-familiar trajectory of recovery, Stowe was initially championed by feminist critics who sought to counter the aesthetic judgment, political condemnation, or outright disregard she had suffered in preceding decades. While these scholars were successful at garnering a place in the canon for Stowe and her most famous novel, uncle Tom's Cabin, they have been criticized for softpedaling both the author's and the novel's shortcomings. Subsequent criticism has acknowledged Stowe's racism, her investment in domestic idealism, and her exploitation of black suffering while arguing that these characteristics reveal her to be grappling with race and gender in more complex ways than previously acknowledged. in fact, much of the recent criticism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Legacy University of Nebraska Press

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Casebook , and: The Cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe (review)

Legacy, Volume 26 (1) – Jun 3, 2009

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle tom's Cabin: a casebook. Edited by Elizabeth Ammons. new York: oxford university press, 2007. x + 248 pp. $125.00/$29.95 paper. The cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe. by Sarah robbins. new York: Cambridge university press, 2007. x + 144 pp. $75.00/$21.99 paper/$16.00 e-book. reviewed by Desirée Henderson, university of Texas, Arlington arriet beecher Stowe has been celebrated, denigrated, recovered, and canonized, in roughly that order, as her reputation has experienced the ebb and flow of critical reception from the nineteenth century to today. Following the now-familiar trajectory of recovery, Stowe was initially championed by feminist critics who sought to counter the aesthetic judgment, political condemnation, or outright disregard she had suffered in preceding decades. While these scholars were successful at garnering a place in the canon for Stowe and her most famous novel, uncle Tom's Cabin, they have been criticized for softpedaling both the author's and the novel's shortcomings. Subsequent criticism has acknowledged Stowe's racism, her investment in domestic idealism, and her exploitation of black suffering while arguing that these characteristics reveal her to be grappling with race and gender in more complex ways than previously acknowledged. in fact, much of the recent criticism

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