Reclaiming the Non-Canonical Nineteenth Century by Betina Entzminger Angelina Grimké: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical Imagination. By Stephen Howard Browne. East Lansing: Michigan State UP, 1999. 224 pp. $50.00. The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North & South, 18611865. By Alice Fahs. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2001. 424 pp. $39.95 Fire & Fiction: Augusta Jane Evans in Context. By Anne Sophie Riepma. Atlanta: Editions Rodopi, 2000. 222 pp. $37.00. Since the 1970s critics have been reclaiming nineteenth-century popular women's literature from the label it received at the hands of canonical great Nathaniel Hawthorne: "a damned mob of scribbling women." Nina Baym's Women's Fiction: A Guide to Novels By and About Women in America, 18201870 was instrumental in this effort, and as Baym points out, the categories of popular literature and women's literature often overlapped in the nineteenth century when women writers writing for women dominated the American literary marketplace. Anne Sophie Riepma's Fire & Fiction: Augusta Jane Evans in Context contributes to the reclamation of nineteenth-century popular women writers by exploring the works of one of the most popular ones. Two other new studies, however, broaden the critical net slightly by including popular
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