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Richards, Eliza

Works: 11 works in 20 publications in 1 language and 475 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Thesis advisor, Contributor
Classifications: PS255.N5, 818.309
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Most widely held works by Eliza Richards
Gender and the poetics of reception in Poe's circle by Eliza Richards ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Richards re-evaluates the work of these writers, and nineteenth-century lyric practices more generally, by examining poems in the context of their circulation and reception within nineteenth-century print culture. This book will be of interest to scholars of American print culture as well as specialists in nineteenth-century literature and poetry."--BOOK JACKET
Emily Dickinson in context ( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Long untouched by contemporary events, ideas and environments, Emily Dickinson's writings have been the subject of intense historical research in recent years. This volume of thirty-three essays by leading scholars offers a comprehensive introduction to the contexts most important for the study of Dickinson's writings. While providing an overview of their topic, the essays also present groundbreaking research and original arguments, treating the poet's local environments, literary influences, social, cultural, political and intellectual contexts, and reception. A resource for scholars and students of American literature and poetry in English, the collection is an indispensable contribution to the study not only of Dickinson's writings but also of the contexts for poetic production and circulation more generally in the nineteenth-century United States. -- Publisher website
Intimacy in print literary celebrity and public interiority in nineteenth-century American literature by Karah Elizabeth Rempe ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This dissertation explores the ways in which authors, editors, and readers negotiated conflicting desires for intimacy and privacy during a period of mass media expansion in the antebellum United States. Mass production and distribution of texts, especially in the turbulent world of periodicals, radically altered the conditions of authorship in the United States by providing the infrastructure for an emerging mass culture that sustained a new form of national literary celebrity. Although the burgeoning antebellum print landscape enabled innovative editors and literary celebrities to reach a record number of American readers, the increasingly impersonal public sphere fueled a sense of alienation among expanding readerships. The growing distance between authors and readers prompted many readers to seek access to the private lives of authors by reading their published works. As a result, authors were compelled to, as Nathaniel Hawthorne observed sardonically, serve up their own hearts delicately fried, with brain-sauce, as a tidbit for their beloved public. Authors and readers were engaged in a public exchange of intimacy that forced authors to police their personal boundaries during the period in which they became most remote from their reading publics. This paradoxical intimacy in print characterizes the public interiority that celebrity authors offered readers. Focusing on the affective component of author-reader relationships, the project considers how changes in print production, distribution, and circulation generated a new and often unnerving market for intimacy between authors and readers. Intimacy in Print presents a new perspective on the rise of literary celebrity in nineteenth-century America by exploring the interplay between authors' public interiority in print, editorial manipulation, readers' desire for intimate exchange, and each party's complex responses to the changing literary and cultural landscape
Marks and traces the origins of literary detection in the antebellum United States by Kelly Ross ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
At the turn of the twentieth century, critics credited Edgar Allan Poe with inventing the detective story in his Dupin tales, thereby establishing a fable of individual origination that replicates Poe's depiction of Dupin's singular genius. Suppressing the social and political dimensions of the genre's origins enabled later critics to think of detective fiction as a playground for the theoretical or purely literary imagination unconstrained by cultural and historical contexts. Marks and Traces pluralizes the origins of detective fiction by demonstrating that US literary detection in the 1840s and 50s developed from practices of surveillance and counter surveillance pervasive in the slave system of the antebellum Upper South. Analyzing an array of visual and textual evidence, I trace the transformation of these lived practices into the tropes of detective fiction. My historically grounded approach reveals an arena in which antebellum fictions play out a contest between dominant and subordinate detection. Dominant detection, as exemplified by Poe's Dupin, deflects attention from systemic inequalities by circumscribing investigation to the individual mastermind. Subordinate detection, in contrast, emphasizes the mutuality of surveillance and seeks to redress the national crime of slavery. Acknowledging that effective interpretative practices can be taught and shared, subordinate detection lays the groundwork for insurrections against the slave system. The protagonist of Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave, for instance, first refutes the white presumption of non-reciprocal surveillance and then retrains a white detective figure in the methods of subordinate detection; their cooperation begets a mutiny on board a slave ship. Another fictionalization of a historical slave mutiny, Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, presents an implicit comparison between dominant and subordinate detection that obliges readers to practice subordinate detection to solve the embedded mystery. While Poe explores how detection underwrites mastery, Douglass and Melville embrace literary detection as a mode of imagining social change and disseminating strategies that can instigate that change
Lyrical Strains 1820-1920 by Elissa Zellinger ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Following John Stuart Mill, one important strain of contemporary scholarship has understood lyric poetry to convey the voice of an "overheard" subject who expresses private thoughts and emotions, either to herself or to an unavailable other. This work thus assumes, with Mill, that the lyric speaker is a model liberal subject self-enclosed, self-reliant, self-possessed and that lyric poetry merely communicates this subject's natural, preexisting interiority. "Lyrical Strains: 1820-1920," however, argues that lyric poetry does not merely reflect liberal subjectivity but also helps to construct it, fashioning what it means to be a self in the nineteenth century. Furthermore, because this was a dynamic, historically contingent process rather than a static given, lyric was constantly in crisis, bearing the strains of trying to create an unchanging, universal ideal of selfhood. By examining poetic efforts to fashion the self while assuming its stable existence, I demonstrate that lyric engenders its own impossibility. In chapters pairing Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Stephen Crane, Walt Whitman and Edwin Arlington Robinson, Frances Sargent Osgood and Edna St. Vincent Millay, and George Moses Horton and Paul Laurence Dunbar, this project offers an insight into both genealogies of the modern self and an anticipation of its deconstruction
Outside the classroom walls alternative pedagogies in American literature and culture, 1868-1910 by Anne Lindsey Bruder ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This study examines women's innovative extra-institutional methods and spaces of learning in American Literature and Culture between 1868 and 1910. Outside the Classroom Walls argues that we can discover a genealogy of unconventional and progressive models of instruction not in that era's schoolhouse curricula or in the writings of well-known pedagogues, but in its imaginative literature, in the unpublished letters of the first American correspondence school, and in the live exhibits of a labor museum. In Louisa May Alcott's domestic novels for adolescents, Anna Eliot Ticknor's epistolary Society to Encourage Studies at Home, and Jane Addams's Labor Museum and autobiography, Twenty Years at Hull-House, we find various manifestations of a radically egalitarian strain of education that existed in opposition to traditional learning environments that were often inhospitable to individual needs. These educational experiments, both real and unreal, were refuges and their students and teachers exiles from the nation's female academies, public grammar and high schools, and newly-opened women's colleges. The unintended result of this exile was that the era's most exciting and significant educational innovations initially happened outside of the conventional classroom, but were then disseminated throughout it. The hallmark of these pioneering pedagogues was their cultivation of a shared imaginative space between teacher and student in which traditional hierarchies of class, race, gender, and age were attenuated. In the process of working beyond the classroom walls, these writers transformed the meaning of education in America, bridging the gap between antebellum domestic instruction and the public and political initiatives most commonly associated with the Progressive Era
American Indians and the grounds of American literary history by Angela Calcaterra ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This study argues that material and intellectual exchanges between indigenous people and Euro-Americans shaped American literature throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Therefore, one cannot analyze literary texts about Indians without attention to Native communities, knowledge traditions, and written and oral forms. Literary critics have emphasized white authors' stereotypical representations of Indians and have traced a separate Native American literary tradition focused on political engagements. Although this framework importantly reveals that colonial power dynamics influenced literary texts, it obscures a composite literary tradition in which Native people were not simply passive or resistant but actively participated in and shaped the representational modes that characterize American literature. During the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans in the Southeast and Northeast relied on Native mapping, record-keeping, communications, and political alliances as they attempted to settle the land and represent the various communities that inhabited it. Writings by William Byrd II, Eleazar Wheelock, and Samson Occom Mohegan demonstrate that Native kinship networks, tribal histories, ceremonial diplomacy, and knowledge of the land influenced settlement literature as much as drawing boundary lines, cataloguing flora and fauna, and spreading Christianity. During the nineteenth century, U.S. nationhood did not end Indians' impact on textual forms, despite the U.S.'s systematic attempts to annihilate Indians physically and discursively so as to gain access to their land. I trace in the writings of Lydia Sigourney, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Charles Alexander Eastman Dakota Sioux, and Stephen Crane tensions between localized, fact-based depictions of Indians and the mass-produced sensational and romantic literary figures that served settler colonialism. These tensions, I argue, generated new representational interests and shifted the grounds of American literary forms. Considering Indian nations as central to the development of American literature, American Indians and the Grounds of American Literary History demonstrates that transnational studies need not mean transatlantic or hemispheric, for local exchanges and contests between Natives and non-Natives both contributed to and unsettled national identity
Gender and the poetics of reception in Poe's circe by Eliza Richards ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Troubling women American fictions of marriage and property, 1848-1867 by Elizabeth Stockton ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This study connects the domestic novel's period of extraordinary success, from approximately 1845 to 1865, to the legal developments of the early nineteenth century. During this period, both discourses responded to the volatile antebellum economy by endorsing women's removal from the marketplace. In order to limit speculation and create stability, legal rhetoric and literary narratives alike idealized marriage as a status, or hierarchical, relationship, even as other relationships were rewritten in contractual terms. Within the context of the project, then, fiction takes on a double meaning. While legal discourse circulated "legal fictions"-rhetorical structures that shaped people's discussions of marriage-domestic novels envisioned the range of possibilities for women even within the confines of an inferior legal status. "Troubling Women" traces the domestic novel's development in tandem with legislative debates and judicial decisions, elucidating why these discourses resisted domestic contracts and promoted status and protectionism. It begins with a historical overview, followed by an examination of James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers-a prototypical domestic plot in which an heiress's right marriage restores the "natural aristocracy." Focusing on narratives of the 1850s and 1860s by a range of authors-including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Caroline Lee Hentz, Frank J. Webb, and Harriet Jacobs-the project illustrates how, in the intervening decades of increasing market dominance, Cooper's proposed solution had become untenable. Like Cooper's novel, these texts endorse women's inferior legal status, but they also illustrate that women's relationship to property had become an unsettled and contested question. The project concludes with an exploration of Elizabeth Stoddard's novels from the 1860s, which highlight the profound costs of idealizing women's legal inferiority, an increasingly indefensible construction in the wake of emancipation. Grounded in historical detail, this project demonstrates how the domestic novel defused the culture's fear of the market by reimagining women's relationship to property. By detailing domestic novels' complex engagements with legal discourse, "Troubling Women" rejects the persistent claims that these texts either unconsciously reflected or actively subverted conservative ideologies; instead it underscores the range of the genre's political commitments
Unfamiliar War Literature & Trauma in the American Civil War by Aaron Shackelford ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Unfamiliar War reclaims the importance of romanticism in American representations of the Civil War. According to almost one hundred and fifty years of critical consensus, the sentimentalized forms of popular poets failed to convey the horrors of Shiloh, and the romantic novel could not do justice to the body counts of Antietam. Critics valued instead realism's mimetic depictions of individual experience. This project goes against this approach, arguing for Civil War literature not as a failure, but rather as an effort to use romanticism to make sense of traumatic experiences. Revisiting romanticism's indirect depictions of violence portrays the mode not as escapist but rather as the most productive way for Americans to work through the pain of war and its aftermath. The critical arguments against this function are anachronistic evaluations of how we represent violence imposed in the years following the war. The post-bellum shift to realism marks not a move toward confronting the war but a repression of the very mode that shaped American understanding of the conflict. Thus we need to reread American realism for its inculcation with romanticism and attendant avoidance of violence
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