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Between Womanhood and Citizenship: A Conceptual-Historicist Approach to Antebellum Women's Literature of Protest
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, English.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the tension between the antebellum ideas of “womanhood” and “citizenship” as represented in three classic texts of women’s literature of protest: the “Declaration of Sentiments” of the Seneca Falls Convention, Margaret Fuller’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century, and Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. After a brief discussion of what is meant by “literature of protest” and the reasons why these texts belong to this category, I proceed to read them and their historical context following a method inspired by Reinhart Koselleck’s history of concepts (Begriffsgeschichte); I approach “womanhood” and “citizenship” as concepts whose semantic fields can and should be analyzed in their diachronic and synchronic dimensions. Here, however, I will focus on the latter, in an attempt to account for conflicts as well as commonalities between them.

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2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28451OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28451DiVA, id: diva2:1262838
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The Joint 32nd European Association for American Studies & 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference (EBAAS 2018); London, UK; 4-7 April 2018
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved

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