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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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tracy, Susan Jean
Dewey number
810.9/975
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS261
LC item number
.T73 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • Literature and society
  • Women and literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Working class white people in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Social classes in literature
  • Patriarchy in literature
  • Poor white people in literature
  • Southern States
  • Southern States
Label
In the master's eye : representations of women, Blacks, and poor whites in antebellum Southern literature, Susan J. Tracy
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Antebellum South -- 2. The Production of Southern Literature -- 3. The Form of Southern Literature -- 4. The Genesis of the "Plantation Novel" -- 5. Representing Southern Women's Lives -- 6. Unmarried Women: The "Belle, " Passive Sufferer versus Spirited Woman -- 7. Unmarried Women: The "Spinster" and the "Fallen Woman" -- 8. Married Woman: Mothers -- 9. Widows -- 10. Slavery: The "Patriarchal" Institution -- 11. The Master-Slave Relationship: Individual Portraits of Slaves -- 12. The Problem of Class in Southern Society and Southern Literature -- 13. Representations of Poor Whites -- 14. The Problem of the Yeoman Farmer
Control code
ocm31865266
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 307 pages
Isbn
9781558497979
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94049536
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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 (p. 273-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Antebellum South -- 2. The Production of Southern Literature -- 3. The Form of Southern Literature -- 4. The Genesis of the "Plantation Novel" -- 5. Representing Southern Women's Lives -- 6. Unmarried Women: The "Belle, " Passive Sufferer versus Spirited Woman -- 7. Unmarried Women: The "Spinster" and the "Fallen Woman" -- 8. Married Woman: Mothers -- 9. Widows -- 10. Slavery: The "Patriarchal" Institution -- 11. The Master-Slave Relationship: Individual Portraits of Slaves -- 12. The Problem of Class in Southern Society and Southern Literature -- 13. Representations of Poor Whites -- 14. The Problem of the Yeoman Farmer
Control code
ocm31865266
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 307 pages
Isbn
9781558497979
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94049536
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n