11. Domestic Feminism

The Problematic Louisa May Alcott

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch11

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) Domestic Feminism, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch11

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



  • domestic feminism, the problematic Louisa May Alcott;
  • Mephistopheles” story, a long fatal love chase;
  • Alcott, writing on behalf of abolition, legal for African Americans;
  • Alcott's fictions for children, “Cosy Domesticity”;
  • Little Women as anti-feminist, seeing the trilogy along with work;
  • requisite domestic ending, the extended family;
  • beyond Little Women, A Modern Mephistopheles;
  • the drama queen, Alcott's “governess novel”;
  • Judith's praise for Behind a Mask, white middle-class woman;
  • culture and social class, a new emancipation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Cosy Domesticity”: The Children's Writer

  • Beyond Little Women

  • Achieving “Woman's Fiction”: The Sentimental Realism of Work