Race and Time

Race and Time : American Women's Poetics from Antislavery to Racial Modernity

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Race and Time urges our attention to womenOCOs poetry in considering the cultural history of race. Building on close readings of well known and less familiar poetsOCoincluding Elizabeth Margaret Chandler, Sarah Louisa Forten, Hannah Flagg Gould, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Sarah Piatt, Mary Eliza Tucker Lambert, Sarah Josepha Hale, Eliza Follen, and Mary Mapes DodgeOCoGray traces tensions in womenOCOs literary culture from the era of abolitionism to the rise of the Plantation tradition. She devotes a chapter to childrenOCOs verse, arguing that racial stereotypes work as OC nonsenseOCO that masks conflicts in the construction of white childhood. A compilation of the poems cited, most of which are difficult to find elsewhere, is included as an appendix."show more

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  • Electronic book text | 333 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 158729480X
  • 9781587294808

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"Gray's arguments and interpretations are convincing and compelling. She convincingly illustrates how the complex relationship between racial and temporal thematics is at the heart of nineteenth-century American women's poetry and poetics. In the process, she reveals the ways in which these texts and their contexts are a fascinating, dynamic, and diverse field for scholars of nineteenth-century U.S. social and cultural history--in particular, scholars examining race, gender, modes of historical representation, childhood, literary history, and print culture."--Gregory Eiselein, editor of "Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems and Other Writings"show more