How the Other Half Loved: <i>A Saloonkeeper'S Daughter</i> in the Company of Women

Axel Nissen

in Manly Love

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226586663
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226586687 | DOI:
How the Other Half Loved: A Saloonkeeper'S Daughter in the Company of Women

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This chapter introduces the topic of female romantic friendship in nineteenth-century American literature. In an ex-centric approach, it takes Drude Krog Janson's novel A Saloonkeeper's Daughter (1889) as the starting point for an examination of the interconnections between this story of a young immigrant woman's coming of age and similar stories by native-born American writers, such as Maria Cummins, Augusta Jane Evans, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. How does Janson's novel compare in plot, characters, and motifs with the novels of these writers, particularly with regard to the representation of the lives of women and the affective bonds between them? What, if anything, is different about A Saloonkeeper's Daughter when compared with earlier woman-centered novels? The chapter aims to examine the circulation and narrative shaping of nineteenth-century ideas about women and their relationships to each other, and to men, in a representative selection of American novels from the years leading up the publication of A Saloonkeeper's Daughter.

Keywords: A Saloonkeeper's Daughter; romantic friendship; American literature; Drude Krog Janson; affective bond; woman-centered novels

Chapter.  9060 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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