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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 5: The American Novel to 1870$
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J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland S. Person

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.001.0001

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Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Domestic and National Narratives

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English

James L. Machor

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This chapter examines the works of Catharine Maria Sedgwick, one of the leading novelists of antebellum America. In particular, it discusses Sedgwick’s domestic and national narratives, which include A New-England Tale (1822), Redwood (1824), The Travellers: A Tale. Designed for Young People (1825), Hope Leslie; or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (1827), and Clarence; or, A Tale of Our Own Times (1830). It also considers the themes in Sedgwick’s novels, especially race relations and gender politics before concluding with a reading of her last work of fiction, Married or Single? (1857).

Keywords:   Antebellum America novelist, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, A New-England Tale, Redwood, The Travellers, Hope Leslie, Clarence, race relations, gender politics, Married or Single?

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