Sisters and saviors : women crossing class lines in American fiction, 1850-1875

Suzanne Gigante
This project re-examines American women's popular fiction from the midnineteenth century. Critics have generally limited their attention in the genre to particular decades and thematic concerns: novels from the 1850s usually attract interest for their treatment of gender alone; fiction from the 1860s and 70s has often been ignored altogether. I contend that this is a crucial period for women's literature; these novels are obsessed not only with gender but with the intersection of gender...
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