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Second Stories
Author: Cynthia S Jordan

ISBN: 9780807865514
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 16 June 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Second Stories offers an innovative reexamination of selected texts by major figures in American literature: Benjamin Franklin, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, and Charles Brockden Bown from the early national period, and James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Alan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville from the romantic period. Combining close reading with a powerful ideological argument, Cynthia Jordan demonstrates that a concern with the patriarchal politics of language informs both the thematic content and the overall shape of much of the fiction of these writers. The issue of gender, Jordan shows, is central to these authors' works, and her study deftly reveals the gender-related value judgments that their language implies.

Jordan begins by arguing that the American Revolution ushered in a new type of patriarchy founded on the communally sanctioned authority of a white male elite educated to provide political guidance and guardianship. In their narrative fictions, Franklin, Brackenridge, and Brown promoted the new patriarchal social order by writing in the language of fathers and father figures. As Jordan shows, however, in each author's work the...

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