Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America the Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America Patricia Okker

ISBN: 9780813922409

Published: October 29th 2003

Hardcover

224 pages


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Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America the Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America  by  Patricia Okker

Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America the Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America by Patricia Okker
October 29th 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 224 pages | ISBN: 9780813922409 | 10.58 Mb

Largely ignored in American literary history, the magazine novel was extremely popular throughout the nineteenth century, with editors describing the form as a virtual necessity for magazines. Unlike many previous studies of periodicals that focus often exclusively on elite literary magazines, Social Stories treats a variety of magazines and authors, ranging from Ann Stephenss novels in fashionable magazines for women to William Dean Howellss anxious investigation of modern mass culture in A Modern Instance. William Gilmore Simmss pro-Southern antebellum novels, the publication of Martin Delanys Blake in an African American magazine, Jeremy Belknaps investigation of the racial and national politics of the early national period, and Rebecca Harding Daviss efforts to make sense of race during Reconstruction all receive Patricia Okkers careful attention.By exploring how magazine novelists addressed audiences that differed from one another in terms of race, region, class, and gender, Social Stories offers a narrative of the American magazine novel that emphasizes its direct engagement with social, political, and cultural issues of its day.

Rejecting the association of novel reading with notions of the private, Okker convincingly argues that nineteenth-century magazine novels were indeed fiercely social. Created collaboratively with readers, editors, and authors, and read among a community of readers and other texts, the serial novel of the 1800s proved to be an ideal form for exploring the strategies Americans used and the obstacles they faced in forming and sustaining a collective sense of themselves. They are, in short, novels that tell stories about how--and whether--individuals can come together to form a society.Patricia Okker is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the author of Our Sister Editors: Sarah J.

Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women Editors.



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