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Record identifier : 565354
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Sheffer, Jolie Alexandra
Title and statement of responsibility : Imagining America: The psychology of race and gender in representations of the national family, 1880--1920 [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : University of Virginia, 2007
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D
Body granting the degree : , University of Virginia
Summary or Abstract : Mass immigration, changing gender roles and sexual mores, and rapid urbanization transformed modern American identity at the turn of the twentieth century. While major canonical authors reveal the insecurities of native-born Americans, ethnic women writers and reformers found in these radical demographic changes new possibilities for defining American citizenship, specifically in racialized and gendered terms. In the works of Jane Addams, Mary Antin, Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton), and Pauline Hopkins, the notion of a national family provides a means to imagine new forms of ethnic identity and models of citizenship. Linking the personal to the social, these women writers represent the nation as a kind of family that chooses to accept or ignore some of its members based on hierarchies of race, class, and gender. Because of this denial of recognition, these turn-of-the-century writers show an America that is psychologically ill (traumatized, hysteric, schizophrenic) and/or culturally bankrupt (alienated, predatory, rapacious, incestuous). In short, the women of my study articulate the refusal to grant recognition as the mark of a diseased body politic. Using texts that range from the archival material of a multicultural museum to an immigrant autobiography, interracial romance stories to a sensational novel, this dissertation maps the ways that cultural identity is created and redefined in the twentieth century through the familial discourses of blood, incest, and domesticity..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Literature, American literature
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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