New and recent publications by members of the stowe society
Schooling Readers: Reading Common Schools in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (2016) by Allison Speicher. This project introduces readers to the common school narrative, an immensely popular genre of fiction, since forgotten, set in rural common schools (the historical precursors to public schools). Schooling Readers recovers 130 of these narratives, ranging from one-page magazine fictions to 500-page novels. Each chapter outlines one of the four plotlines that define the common school narrative (school exhibitions and spelling bees, violence against teachers, student-teacher romance, and teachers adopting their students), revealing the anxieties nineteenth-century Americans felt about mass education as it was coming into being.
See the description by the University of Alabama Press for more information.
The Sentimental Touch: The Language of Feeling in the Age of Managerialism (2013) by Aaron Ritzenberg. A study of sentimentalism and its afterlife in the United States. See the description by Fordham University Press for more information.
Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Great Britain (2012). A collection edited by Beth L. Lueck, Brigitte Bailey, and Lucinda Damon-Bach. See press release below.
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