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Ghosts of Desire: Rose Terry Cooke, Alice Brown, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, and Helen Hull

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

in Scare Tactics

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229857
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823229857.003.0006
Ghosts of Desire: Rose Terry Cooke, Alice Brown, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, and Helen Hull

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Recent studies of nineteenth-century American culture have begun to call into question the accepted wisdom of “separate spheres” for men and women. This is not to say that cultural expectations for men and women did not differ, but rather that they did not function in some monolithic way uninflected by other factors such as race, class, geographical region, religion, and occupation. The existence of the ghost stories included in this study in fact testifies to the permeability of the boundaries circumscribing male and female spheres of activity and influence because the women who wrote them — in large measure were “literary domestics.” The ghost stories addressed here also make clear the ways in which other identity categories complicate the separate spheres paradigm.

Keywords: American culture; ghost stories; men; women; spheres of influence; Rose Terry Cooke; Alice Brown; Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward; Helen Hull

Chapter.  16189 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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