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The Resource The home plot : women, writing & domestic ritual, Ann Romines

The home plot : women, writing & domestic ritual, Ann Romines

Label
The home plot : women, writing & domestic ritual
Title
The home plot
Title remainder
women, writing & domestic ritual
Statement of responsibility
Ann Romines
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this finely crafted study, Ann Romines builds on twenty years of feminist scholarship to show how domestic ritual--the practice and tradition of housekeeping has helped shape the substance and tone of some of the best fiction by American women. Examining works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Willa Cather, and Eudora Welty, Romines argues that one cannot fully appreciate this writing unless one understands the domestic codes in which it is inscribed. Romines opens with the American realist period, when such women as Stowe and Jewett began to experiment with plots generated by the rhythms of domestic ritual. Chapter 2 is an extended reading of Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, showing how the silent, traditional language of housekeeping becomes the medium for an autobiographical writer and her sibylline mentor. In chapter 3, Romines shows how Freeman devised a very different strategy, counterpointing climactic plots against relentless repetitions in ways that evoke the stresses and satisfactions of housekeepers' lives. Chapters 4 and 5 discuss Cather's ambitious career. Although at first determined to avoid the constraints of domesticity in her writing, Cather increasingly was drawn to women's culture, and her later novels include several triumphant experiments with domestic fiction. The final two chapters, on Eudora Welty, reveal how the priorities of housekeeping have marked her fiction from beginning to end. By reading domestic ritual as a gendered language, Romines seeks to reclaim one of the oldest female traditions-housekeeping--from trivialization and devaluation. In the process, she brings fresh insight to the work of five important American novelists. "In this important and stimulating study, Romines helps to pioneer a new direction in feminist criticism, one that locates women's aesthetics in their material practices, particularly in the rituals of domestic labor."
Cataloging source
N$T
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1942-
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Romines, Ann
Dewey number
810.9/355
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PS374.D57
LC item number
R66 1992eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Domestic fiction, American
  • American fiction
  • Women and literature
  • Home economics in literature
  • Ritual in literature
  • Home in literature
  • Roman familial américain
  • Femmes et littérature
  • Économie domestique dans la littérature
  • Rituel dans la littérature
  • Foyer dans la littérature
  • Écrits de femmes américains
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American fiction
  • Domestic fiction, American
  • Home economics in literature
  • Home in literature
  • Ritual in literature
  • Women and literature
  • United States
  • Frauenliteratur
  • Haushalt
  • Haushalt
  • USA
  • Vrouwelijke auteurs
  • Huishouden
  • Verenigde Staten
  • USA
Label
The home plot : women, writing & domestic ritual, Ann Romines
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-314) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
False starts and false endings : Stowe, Jewett, realism, and housekeeping -- The country of the pointed firs : claiming the Sibyl's text -- Freeman's repetitions : the housekeeper and her plot -- Willa Cather : repudiating home plots -- Willa Cather and women's culture : "Now I know" -- Welty's beginnings : housekeeping and the other way to live -- Welty and the dynamo in the house : "Why keep it up, old woman?"
Control code
43475591
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 319 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585084121
Lccn
91034053
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)43475591
Label
The home plot : women, writing & domestic ritual, Ann Romines
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-314) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
False starts and false endings : Stowe, Jewett, realism, and housekeeping -- The country of the pointed firs : claiming the Sibyl's text -- Freeman's repetitions : the housekeeper and her plot -- Willa Cather : repudiating home plots -- Willa Cather and women's culture : "Now I know" -- Welty's beginnings : housekeeping and the other way to live -- Welty and the dynamo in the house : "Why keep it up, old woman?"
Control code
43475591
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 319 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585084121
Lccn
91034053
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)43475591

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