The Scribblings of a Plain Man and the Temerity of a Woman: Gender and Genre in Judith Sargent Murray's The Gleaner

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Abstract

Discusses issues of gender and genre in Judith Sargent Murray's 1798 series of essays entitled `The Gleaner.' Role of women in the new American republic; Positioning of women in late 18th century political discourse; Women's self-reverence; Situation of women writers during the period; Murray's employment of a variety of gendered voices within her essays.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-144
Number of pages24
JournalEarly American Literature
Volume30
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 1995

Keywords

  • crop gleaning
  • women
  • narratives
  • novels
  • womens education
  • public sphere
  • gender roles
  • literary characters
  • periodicals

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