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Archives of Publishing and Gender: Historical Codes in Literary Analysis

Shirley Samuels

in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730438
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730438.013.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Archives of Publishing and Gender: Historical Codes in Literary Analysis

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This article focuses on archives of publishing and gender in the U.S.A., and the historical codes in literary analysis. It investigates how archival research changed what we thought we knew about American authors, and suggests that the documents left by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Hannah Crafts have forced us to revise standard assumptions about the American canon and its outliers. The article discusses some possibilities that arise from the practices of archival research and suggests what these practices make possible in the interpretation of literature.

Keywords: archival research; gender; U.S.A.; historical code; literary analysis; American authors; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Hannah Crafts; American canon

Article.  9071 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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