The Reception Of Sentimental Fiction
Cathy N. Davidson
SOURCE: "Privileging the Feme Covert: The Sociology of Sentimental Fiction," in Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America, Oxford University Press, 1986, pp. 110-150.
[In the following chapter from Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America (1986), Davidson discusses the popularity of sentimental novels and the social issues upon which they comment—including marriage, sexuality, childbearing, and domesticity.]
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