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By Ann Romines

During this finely crafted examine, Ann Romines builds on two decades of feminist scholarship to teach how family ritual―the perform and culture of housekeeping―has contributed to shaping the substance and tone of a few of the simplest fiction through American girls. analyzing works through Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Willa Cather, and Eudora Welty, Romines argues that one can't totally enjoy this writing until one is familiar with the family codes within which it truly is inscribed.

By studying family ritual as a gendered language, Romines seeks to reclaim one of many oldest lady traditions―housekeeping―from trivialization and devaluation. within the approach, she brings clean perception to the paintings of 5 vital American novelists.

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