Rebecca Harding Davis: Spatial, Gender, and Labor Roles in Literary Realism

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621518
Title:
Rebecca Harding Davis: Spatial, Gender, and Labor Roles in Literary Realism
Authors:
Humphrey, Katie
Abstract:
Rebecca Harding Davis, a West Virginia writer, explores how conceptions of gender shifted in the United States, especially during the Industrial Revolution. Davis published her novel in six separate issues of The Atlantic literary magazine from October of 1861 until March of 1862 in monthly installments. These pieces were eventually published as a novel entitled Margret Howth in 1862. This story explores the life of the young woman after whom the book is named. Davis’s approach emphasizes the recording of daily life as it is happening, commenting especially on the relationship between women and labor during the early Civil War period in the United States. Davis’s focus on the daily details of life allows her to bring attention to gender and labor inequalities in the nineteenth century Midwest. Davis’s female characters depict how women felt unable to make decisions, especially if their decisions brought them out of their home and away from the family. She also brings light to women’s treatment from both men and the upper class, who marked them as unable to do work outside the home because they believed they were physically and emotionally built only for domestic life. [Introduction]
Affiliation:
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Issue Date:
May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621518
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Series/Report no.:
Spring; 2017
Appears in Collections:
Department of English and Foreign Languages: Student Research and Presentations; Honors Program Theses

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dc.contributor.authorHumphrey, Katieen
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-28T17:41:25Z-
dc.date.available2017-07-28T17:41:25Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621518-
dc.description.abstractRebecca Harding Davis, a West Virginia writer, explores how conceptions of gender shifted in the United States, especially during the Industrial Revolution. Davis published her novel in six separate issues of The Atlantic literary magazine from October of 1861 until March of 1862 in monthly installments. These pieces were eventually published as a novel entitled Margret Howth in 1862. This story explores the life of the young woman after whom the book is named. Davis’s approach emphasizes the recording of daily life as it is happening, commenting especially on the relationship between women and labor during the early Civil War period in the United States. Davis’s focus on the daily details of life allows her to bring attention to gender and labor inequalities in the nineteenth century Midwest. Davis’s female characters depict how women felt unable to make decisions, especially if their decisions brought them out of their home and away from the family. She also brings light to women’s treatment from both men and the upper class, who marked them as unable to do work outside the home because they believed they were physically and emotionally built only for domestic life. [Introduction]en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSpringen
dc.relation.ispartofseries2017en
dc.rightsCopyright protected. Unauthorized reproduction or use beyond the exceptions granted by the Fair Use clause of U.S. Copyright law may violate federal law.en
dc.subjectGender Studiesen
dc.subjectLiterary Analysisen
dc.subjectIntersectionalityen
dc.subjectRealismen
dc.titleRebecca Harding Davis: Spatial, Gender, and Labor Roles in Literary Realismen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of English and Foreign Languagesen
cr.approval.ethicalHeckman, Christinaen
dc.description.advisorHenderson, Christinaen
dc.description.degreeBachelor of Artsen
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