Transatlantic Footholds: Turn-Of-The-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers (Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature) (Paperback)
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Transatlantic Footholds: Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers analyses British reviews of American women fiction writers, essayists and poets between the periods of literary domesticity and modernism. The book demonstrates that a variety of American women writers were intelligently read in Britain during this era. British reviewers read American women as literary artists, as women and as Americans. While their notion of who counted as women was too limited by race and class, they eagerly read these writers for insight about how women around the world were entering debates on women's place, the class struggle, religion, Indian policy, childrearing, and high society. In the process, by reading American women in varied ways, reviewers became hybrid and dissenting readers. The taste among British reviewers for American women's books helped change the predominant direction that high culture flowed across the Atlantic from east-to-west to west-to-east. Britons working in London or far afield were deeply invested in the idea of America. America, their responses prove, is a transnational construct.
About the Author
Stephanie Palmer is Senior Lecturer of Nineteenth Century American Literature at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, United Kingdom. She is the author of Together by Accident: American Local Color Literature and the Middle Class (2009) and articles in Symbiosis, Studies in Travel Writing, Women's Writing, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Arizona Quarterly, Pedagogy, and the essay collection, Transatlantic Conversations (2017).