Publishing the family
InPublishing the FamilyJune Howard turns a study of the collaborative novelThe Whole Familyinto 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 Familydescribes the sources and controversial outcome of a fascinating literary experiment. Howard embeds the story ofThe Whole Familyin the story of Harper & Brothersrs" powerful and pervasive presence in American cultural life, treating the publisher, in effect, as an author. Each chapter ofPublishing the Familycasts 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 likeBazareditor 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 inPublishing the Familyshow how profoundly the modern mapping of social life relies on boundaries between family and business, culture and commerce, whichThe Whole FamilyandPublishing the Familyconstantly unsettle. Publishing the Familywill interest students and scholars of American history, literature, and culture, as well as those studying gender, sexuality, and the family.
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