Publishing the Family

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Duke University Press, Oct 3, 2001 - Fiction - 336 pages
In Publishing the Family June Howard turns a study of the collaborative novel The Whole Family into a lens through which to examine American literature and culture at the beginning of the twentieth century. Striving to do equal justice to historical particulars and the broad horizons of social change, Howard reconsiders such categories of analysis as authorship, genre, and periodization. In the process, she offers a new method for cultural studies and American studies at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Publishing the Family describes the sources and controversial outcome of a fascinating literary experiment. Howard embeds the story of The Whole Family in the story of Harper & Brothers’ powerful and pervasive presence in American cultural life, treating the publisher, in effect, as an author.
Each chapter of Publishing the Family casts light on some aspect of life in the United States at a moment that arguably marked the beginning of our own era. Howard revises common views of the turn-of-the-century literary marketplace and discusses the perceived crisis in the family as well as the popular and expert discourses that emerged to remedy it. She also demonstrates how creative women like Bazar editor Elizabeth Jordan blended their own ideas about the “New Woman” with traditional values. Howard places these analyses in the framework of far-reaching historical changes, such as the transformation of the public meaning of emotion and “sentimentality.” Taken together, the chapters in Publishing the Family show how profoundly the modern mapping of social life relies on boundaries between family and business, culture and commerce, which The Whole Family and Publishing the Family constantly unsettle.
Publishing the Family will interest students and scholars of American history, literature, and culture, as well as those studying gender, sexuality, and the family.
 

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Contents

A Strangely Exciting Story
13
Authorship and Collaboration
21
Scenes of Reading and Writing
32
The Hearthstone at Harpers
58
A House Undivided
59
A Climb up the Spiral Staircase
77
Everybodys Busy Day
88
The Composite Novel as Vaudeville
101
Female Modernity and the Magazine
197
What Is Sentimentality?
213
Embodied Thoughts
218
Feeling Right
223
Home Sweet Home
231
Feeling and Form
241
Sentimentality in Circulation circa 1908
245
Closing the Book
257

Making the Family Whole
106
What Is a Family?
107
The Fathers Family
116
The Female Counterfamily
130
Intimacy and Publicity
151
The SometimesNew Woman
158
Sex and Education
160
The Subtle Syncretism of Mary Wilkins Freeman
168
The Extraordinary Miss Jordan
179
Culture and Commerce
258
Perfect Felicity with Professional Help
268
Contents and Characters of The Whole Family
283
The Generations of the Family
284
Notes
285
References
305
Index
329
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About the author (2001)

June Howard is Professor of English, American Culture, and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan.

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