Truthful Pictures

Truthful Pictures : Slavery Ordained by God in the Domestic, Sentimental Novel of the Nineteenth Century South

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Truthful Pictures examines novels and sermons written in the antebellum south pre-Civil War, in particular those written after the 1851 publication of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It begins with a historical overview of the function of women writers in American literature. It then explores the way in which Holy Scripture was perverted in Southern sermons in order to allow the continued enslavement of one group of people by another. Furthermore, it continues with the way in which this same perversion of Scripture appeared in different forms in the novels written by women in the antebellum South.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739112325
  • 9780739112328

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Function of Women Writers in American History Chapter 3 The Cult of True Womanhood and the Southern Domestic Novel Chapter 4 The 19th Century Southern Woman and the Domestic Novel Chapter 5 Slavery Defended from Scripture: Influences in the Southern Novel Chapter 6 Southern Women Writers: Refuting the "Northern Hussy" and Defending Slavery from Scripture Chapter 7 Male Voices in Southern Domestic Fiction: Politics as Usual Chapter 8 Enlightening Blighted Africa Chapter 9 Conclusion: A Monstrous System
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Review quote

The book's main virtues are its detailed summaries of literary works that are hard to obtain and often painful to read....she has given us a detailed historical portrait of some major dynamics of our own homegrown social sin, the effects of which are still diminishing and destroying lives nearly 160 years later. * Theological Studies, June 1, 2010 *
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About Diane N. Capitani

Diane N. Capitani is supervisor of the writing center at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University
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