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This unique interdisciplinary essay collection offers a fresh perspective on the active involvement of American women authors in the nineteenth-century transatlantic world. Internationally diverse contributors explore topics ranging from women’s social and political mobility to their authorship and activism. While a number of essays focus on such well-known writers as Margaret Fuller, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Eliot, Louisa May Alcott, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, other, perhaps lesser-known authors are also included, such as E. D. E. N. Southworth, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Elizabeth Peabody, Jeannette Hart, and Laura Richards.

These essays show the spectrum of interests and activities in which nineteenth-century women were involved as they moved, geographically and metaphorically, toward gaining their independence and the right to control their lives. Traveling far and wide—to Italy, France, Great Britain, and the Bahamas—these writers came into contact with realities far different from their own. On topics ranging from homeopathy and literary endeavors to politics and revolution, they conversed with others, reaching and inspiring transnational audiences with their words and deeds, and creating a space for self-expression in the rapidly changing transatlantic world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction | Women Conversing on Culture, Society, and Politics
  2. Beth L. Lueck, Sirpa Salenius, & Nancy Lusignan Schultz
  3. pp. xiii-xxviii
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  1. Part 1 | Reports on the Risorgimento
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1 | “My Readers Will Thank Me”: J.-C. L. Simonde de Sismondi, Civil Liberty, and Transatlantic Sympathy in Catharine Sedgwick’s Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home (1841)
  2. Lucinda L. Damon-Bach
  3. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2 | Margaret Fuller’s Transatlantic Vistas: Newspapers and Nation Building
  2. Sonia Di Loreto
  3. pp. 23-37
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  1. 3 | Margaret Fuller and Giuseppe Mazzini: Between Faith and Fate
  2. Gigliola Sacerdoti Mariani
  3. pp. 38-53
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  1. 4 | Margaret Fuller’s Transatlantic Journey as a Model for Intercultural Development
  2. Mariarosa Mettifogo
  3. pp. 54-72
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  1. Part 2 | Transatlantic Exchanges with Italian Culture
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. 5 | Margaret Fuller’s “Raphael’s Deposition from the Cross” and the Tribune Letters: The Mater Dolorosa’s Tripartite Rites of Passage
  2. Joan R. Wry
  3. pp. 75-89
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  1. 6 | Veins Full of Fire: Margaret Fuller’s Symbols of Social Transformation
  2. Jeffrey Steele
  3. pp. 90-101
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  1. 7 | Pulling Strings: The Transatlantic Influence of Marionettes on American Women Writers
  2. Debra J. Rosenthal
  3. pp. 102-117
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  1. 8 | Among the Prophets: Harriet Beecher Stowe and George Eliot in Italy
  2. Rita Bode
  3. pp. 118-135
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  1. 9 | “A Country of Whose Language I Knew Not a Word”: Charlotte Perkins Gilman in and on Italy
  2. Denise D. Knight
  3. pp. 136-154
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  1. Part 3 | Encounters with the Atlantic World
  2. pp. 155-156
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  1. 10 | Elizabeth Peabody, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and the Transatlantic Homeopathic Politics of Reform
  2. Cécile Roudeau
  3. pp. 157-176
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  1. 11 | Joseph Sturge, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Free-Labor Movement
  2. R. J. Ellis
  3. pp. 177-194
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  1. 12 | Heaven and Manufacturing: Political Dissent in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s Foothold in Britain
  2. Stephanie Palmer
  3. pp. 195-215
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  1. 13 | Bahama Triangle: Europe, America, and the Bahamas in Hart’s Letters from the Bahama Islands, Written in 1823–4
  2. Eizabeth T. Kenney
  3. pp. 216-233
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  1. 14 | Crossing the White Atlantic as a Woman Artist
  2. Shirley Samuels
  3. pp. 234-251
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  1. 15 | Transatlantic Perspectives in the Fiction of E. D. E. N. Southworth: People and Places
  2. Joyce W. Warren
  3. pp. 252-269
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  1. 16 | “Spinsters for Ever!”: Girls Abroad in Louisa May Alcott’s Travelogues
  2. Daniela Daniele
  3. pp. 270-286
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  1. 17 | Edward Lear’s American “Sister”: The Nonsense Poetry of Laura E. Richards Reconsidered
  2. Etti Gordon Ginzburg
  3. pp. 287-302
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 303-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-316
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781512600285
Related ISBN
9781512600261
MARC Record
OCLC
958498076
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Open Access
No
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