Chapter 2. Politics, Sentiment, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. John Carlos Rowe Professor Chair

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch2

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Rowe, J. C. (2010) Politics, Sentiment, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • politics, sentiment, and literature in nineteenth-century America;
  • nineteenth-century abolition and women's rights movement - politics and sentiment, transforming culture's role in US social movements;
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), understood in its own time as a vital political force;
  • President Lincoln greeting Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1863 - as “the little lady who made this big war”;
  • The Feminization of American Culture (1977) - Ann Douglas, cult of sentimentalism and women's status as second-class citizens in nineteenth-century America;
  • Stowe's abolitionist outrage, in Uncle Tom's Cabin - directed at perversion of Christianity under slavery;
  • Stowe's A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, documentary evidence supporting fictional representations of horrors suffered by African-Americans under slavery;
  • conventional sentimental romances, women threatened with sexual victimization - saved by their loving partners;
  • Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845);
  • Susan Warner's evangelical Presbyterianism - at home with the conventions of sentimentalism

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading