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Grasso challenges the common notion that nineteenth-century women's writing is confined to domestic themes and shows instead how women channeled their anger into art that addresses complex political issues such as slavery, nation-building, gender arrangements, and race relations. Cutting across racial and genre boundaries, she considers works by Lydia Maria Child, Maria W. Stewart, Fanny Fern, and Harriet Wilson as superb examples of the artistry of angry expression. Transforming their anger through literary imagination, these writers bequeathed their vision of an alternative America both to their contemporaries and to subsequent generations.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: American fiction Women authors History and criticism, Feminism and literature United States History 19th century, Women and literature United States History 19th century, American fiction African American authors History and criticism, American fiction 19th century History and criticism, Feminist fiction, American History and criticism, African American women in literature, Social problems in literature, White women in literature, Anger in literature