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The Resource In the master's eye : representations of women, Blacks, and poor whites in antebellum Southern literature, Susan J. Tracy

In the master's eye : representations of women, Blacks, and poor whites in antebellum Southern literature, Susan J. Tracy

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In the master's eye : representations of women, Blacks, and poor whites in antebellum Southern literature
Title
In the master's eye
Title remainder
representations of women, Blacks, and poor whites in antebellum Southern literature
Statement of responsibility
Susan J. Tracy
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This book explores the way in which literature can be used to reinforce social power. Through rigorous readings of a series of antebellum plantation novels, Susan J. Tracy shows how the narrative strategies employed by proslavery Southern writers served to justify and perpetuate the oppression of women, blacks, and poor whites
  • Tracy focuses on the historical romances of six authors: George Tucker, James Ewell Heath, William Alexander Caruthers, John Pendleton Kennedy, Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, and William Gilmore Simms. Using variations on a recurring plot - in which a young planter/hero rescues a planter's daughter from an "enemy" of her class - each of these novelists reinforced an idealized vision of a Southern civilization based on male superiority, white supremacy, and class inequality. It is a world in which white men are represented as the natural leaders of loyal and dependent women, grateful and docile slaves, and inferior poor whites. According to Tracy, the interweaving of these themes reveals the extent to which the Southern defense of slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War was an argument not only about race relations but about gender and class relations as well
Action
digitized
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1947-
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Tracy, Susan Jean
Dewey number
810.9/975
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • American literature
  • Literature and society
  • Women and literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Working class whites in literature
  • Southern States
  • African Americans in literature
  • Social classes in literature
  • Patriarchy in literature
  • Poor in literature
Label
In the master's eye : representations of women, Blacks, and poor whites in antebellum Southern literature, Susan J. Tracy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-296) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The antebellum South -- The production of Southern literature -- The form of Southern literature -- The genesis of the "Plantation novel" -- Representing Southern women's lives -- Unmarried women: the "Belle," passive sufferer versus spirited woman -- Unmarried women: the "Spinster" and the "Fallen woman" -- Married woman: mothers -- Widows -- Slavery: the "Patriarchal" institution -- The master-slave relationship: individual portraits of slaves -- The problem of class in Southern society and Southern literature -- Representations of poor whites -- The problem of the yeoman farmer
Control code
ocm44960149
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 307 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585186887
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44960149
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
In the master's eye : representations of women, Blacks, and poor whites in antebellum Southern literature, Susan J. Tracy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-296) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The antebellum South -- The production of Southern literature -- The form of Southern literature -- The genesis of the "Plantation novel" -- Representing Southern women's lives -- Unmarried women: the "Belle," passive sufferer versus spirited woman -- Unmarried women: the "Spinster" and the "Fallen woman" -- Married woman: mothers -- Widows -- Slavery: the "Patriarchal" institution -- The master-slave relationship: individual portraits of slaves -- The problem of class in Southern society and Southern literature -- Representations of poor whites -- The problem of the yeoman farmer
Control code
ocm44960149
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 307 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585186887
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44960149
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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