Daughters of Canaan A Saga of Southern Women By Margaret Ripley Wolfe University Press of Kentucky, 1 99 5 281pp. Cloth, $37.50 Reviewed by Judith E. Funston, associate professor of American literature at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She has published HenryJames: A Reference Guide, 197j--1987 and numerous articles on James and Edith Wharton. "Women knew that a land where men were contented, uncontradicted and safe in possession of unpunctured vanity was likely to be a very pleasant place for women to live. So, from the cradle to the grave, women strove to make men pleased with themselves, and the satisfied men repaid lavishly widi gallantry and adoration" -- so Margaret Mitchell describes the mythic antebellum Soudi in Gone With The Wind, the novel that for the popular imagination characterized the southern woman as either flirtatious belle or long-suffering angel. Margaret Ripley Wolfe, in Daughters of Canaan: A Saga ofSouthern Women, reveals the inaccuracy of such stereotypes, arguing that the experience of southern women cannot be neady categorized; indeed, she shows tiiat southern women have often pioneered social change. Wolfe, a professor of history at East Tennessee State University, righdy characterizes her study as "die
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1997
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