10. Sense and Sensibility

Sentimental Domesticity and “New Woman's Fiction”

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch10

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) Sense and Sensibility, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • sense and sensibility and sentimental domesticity;
  • sentimental romance and “women's fiction”;
  • more positive connotation than sentimentalism;
  • sentimentalism and sensibility, in nineteenth-century domestic novels;
  • Elizabeth Boyd Thompson, concise treatment of the domestic novel;
  • women in American fiction, heroines striving for independence;
  • Nina Baym's work on American women's fiction;
  • Baym's Chapter on Jane Evans and “Waning of Woman's Fiction”;
  • Louisa May Alcott's Work: A Story of Experience (1873);
  • freedom and domesticity, Alcott and the new woman


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Domestic Novel: Sentiment, Manners, and Marriage

  • Theory of “Woman's” Fiction

  • New Woman and Modern Woman

  • The Contraries of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

  • Escaping the Chains of Gender? Lillie Devereux Blake's Fettered for Life

  • Freedom and Domesticity? Alcott and the New Woman