The Sentimental Novel A Literature Of Resistance And Repression - Essay

A Literature Of Resistance And Repression

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Helen Waite Papashvily

SOURCE: "Foreword" to All the Happy Endings: A Study of the Domestic Novel in America, the Women Who Wrote It, the Women Who Read It, in the Nineteenth Century, Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1956, pp. xiii-xvii.

[In the following essay, Papashvily argues that the domestic novel constitutes a more subtle but equally powerful form of resistance to nineteenth-century patriarchy than the 1848 Seneca Falls convention.]

On July 19, 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York, a Woman's Rights Convention, the first ever held, met and after two days of impassioned discussion issued to the press a Declaration of Sentiments beginning:...

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