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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 409–435.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Sarah Ensor In this essay, Ensor suggests that the figure of the spinster can help resolve the problems of futurity that confront queer ecocriticism insofar as the spinster practices an avuncular form of stewardship, tending the future without contributing directly to it. By looking at a series...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 233–241.
Published: 01 June 2012
... to building politics adequate to the challenges of the present. Sarah Ensor proposes an ecocriticism grounded in the figure of the spinster. The forgotten pasts and the nonteleological genealogies Ensor elaborates from the figure of the spinster emphasize modes of intransitivity that deepen...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (4): 897–914.
Published: 01 December 2012
..., Karen. Review: Callahan, Kin of Another Kind: Transracial Adop- tion in American Literature, 452–54. Review: Jerng, Claiming Others: Transracial Adoption and National Belonging, 452–54. Ensor, Sarah. “Spinster Ecology: Rachel Carson, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Nonreproductive Futurity,” 409–35...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (3): 501–525.
Published: 01 September 2007
... room should appear in a New England home owned and occupied by two spinster sisters seems in keeping with the gen- eral tenor of a tale in which a fragile space for female self-actualization can only exist in the absence of men. The story suggests that it is only...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (4): 877–878.
Published: 01 December 2000
... to suggest that Dickinson is a defiant queer radical, despite her demure appear- ances. I much prefer this image of Dickinson as a proto-Lesbian Avenger— smashing patriarchal epistemologies with her ironic bricks—to the spinster I...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 184–186.
Published: 01 March 2005
... cleave. Alcott, of course, was not alone in exploring female desire and mother- ing. Kent actually begins her genealogy of literary queerness with Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose spinster character in Oldtown Folks, the sublimely named Miss Asphyxia, makes visible in her nonmotherly mothering...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 65–92.
Published: 01 March 2005
... precious, easily torn, gauzy romantic tis- sues. Thin threads lace into delicate, expensive fabrics woven and 74 American Literature unwoven at night by patient spinsters with needles and scissors. Laced in, as fate would have it. Knots and the tiniest holes. Surgi- cal cutting and sewing...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 93–125.
Published: 01 March 2016
... . Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar . McDaniel Judith . 1978 . Reconstituting the World: The Poetry and Vision of Adrienne Rich . Argyle, NY : Spinsters, Ink . Messer-Davidow Ellen . 2002 . Disciplining Feminism: From Social Activism to Academic Discourse . Durham, NC : Duke Univ. Press...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (3): 575–594.
Published: 01 September 2000
... and absent-minded old spinster. But there is also a hint of general dislike for Mrs. Todd, who had always displayed a little too much style for the wife of a minor professor. She had af...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 111–137.
Published: 01 March 2002
... marriage plot func- tions as relief from, and in some ways as bridge between, the upstairs- downstairs marriage plots, as the tippling bachelor General Harbottle vies for the attention of the superannuated and rich spinster Lady Lillycraft, whose sights are secretly fastened on another aging bache...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (4): 623–650.
Published: 01 December 2022
... as a “lady,” however, Carson was diminished by industrial lobbyists as a sentimental spinster, an organic-food faddist and gardener, and an emotional, unscientific woman. Carson’s work resembles that of the elder Beecher more than it does Stowe’s fiction. Beecher publicized the deleterious effects of arsenic...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2000
... own imagination, Dorcasina crosses and recrosses the 5995 AL 72:1 / sheet 17 of 246 divide between passive consumer of novelistic sentiment and active producer of the narratives that ultimately leave her a spinster. Indeed, Female Quixotism...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 303–331.
Published: 01 June 2013
... house, an ante-bellum house descended at last to a spinster survivor who has modernised it” (1951, 46). The play’s set- ting, moreover, invokes an urban space segregated by boundaries of race and class, as Gowan and Temple, affluent whites, “can afford . . . to live on the right street among...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (3): 519–548.
Published: 01 September 2006
... was not good he was not God, and there was only a black abyss above the roof of Bunner Sis- ters’’ (BS, 236). Ann Eliza thus becomes a doubting modern subject as surely, and as surprisingly, as one of Freeman’s spinster heroines. Whereas for Freud, the obsessional’s doubt marked a deferral...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (3): 463–494.
Published: 01 September 2000
... An- zaldúa, Borderlands: The New Mestiza = La Frontera (San Francisco, Calif.: Spinsters/Aunt Lute, 1987), 16–23; Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings, ed. Alma T. García (New York: Routledge, 1997), 2–3...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (2): 245–274.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of the richest physical descrip- tions in early American fiction, she is everywoman, and the descrip- tion of her aged body a lesson to any woman who might lose herself to romantic delusions.18 Fifty years later, Hawthorne’s aging spinster Hepzibah is, conversely, quite corporeally particular, illustrating...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (3): 635–637.
Published: 01 September 2002
... Cather back to the prim prairie of Acocella’s conservative imagination (with resound- ing applause from the likes of the National Review). This tug of war over Willa Cather—prairie spinster or queer diva—has proven quite invigorating for Cather scholarship, as if the culture wars themselves could...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (3): 637–638.
Published: 01 September 2002
... Cather back to the prim prairie of Acocella’s conservative imagination (with resound- ing applause from the likes of the National Review). This tug of war over Willa Cather—prairie spinster or queer diva—has proven quite invigorating for Cather scholarship, as if the culture wars themselves could...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (3): 638–640.
Published: 01 September 2002
... Cather back to the prim prairie of Acocella’s conservative imagination (with resound- ing applause from the likes of the National Review). This tug of war over Willa Cather—prairie spinster or queer diva—has proven quite invigorating for Cather scholarship, as if the culture wars themselves could...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (3): 640–642.
Published: 01 September 2002
... Cather back to the prim prairie of Acocella’s conservative imagination (with resound- ing applause from the likes of the National Review). This tug of war over Willa Cather—prairie spinster or queer diva—has proven quite invigorating for Cather scholarship, as if the culture wars themselves could...