25. Landscape as Haven in American Women's Short Stories

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Leah B. Glasser Dean

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch25

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Glasser, L. B. (2010) Landscape as Haven in American Women's Short Stories, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • expansive considerations;
  • landscape as haven in American Women's Short Stories;
  • Willa Cather, describing Jewett's stories as living things caught in the open, with light and freedom and air-spaces about them;
  • regionalism, according to Fetterley and Pryse - space for nineteenth-century women writers to critique construction of “separate spheres”;
  • glance at Thaxter's life - contextualizing her approach to focus on landscape in her short stories;
  • Thaxter's individuality - as artist deeply connected to region of Shoals;
  • reimagining the island through a child's lens - enabling Thaxter to recreate her island most poignantly;
  • Jewett's Country of the Pointed Firs - building not only on her observations of life in coastal Maine;
  • focus almost entirely on women's struggles and concerns - Freeman's depictions of region exploring psychology of women's conflicts as she knew them


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading