"Hero Strong" and Other Stories: Tales of Girlhood Ambition, Female Masculinity, and Women's Worldly (BOK)

Mary F W Gibson

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A teenage orphan from Vermont, Mary Gibson burst onto the literary scene during theearly 1850s as a star writer, under the pseudonym Winnie Woodfern, for more than half adozen Boston "story papers," mass-circulation weekly periodicals that specialized in popularfiction. Although she would soon join such famous woman authors as Fanny Fernand E. D. E. N. Southworth as featured contributors to the "New York Ledger," America'sgreatest story paper, Gibson's subsequent output rarely matched the gender-bending creativityof the tales written in her late teens and early twenties and reprinted in this volume. But ""Hero Strong" and Other Stories" does much more than recover the work of aforgotten literary prodigy. As explained by historian Daniel A. Cohen, Gibson's talesalso illuminate major interrelated transformations in American girlhood and Americanwomen's authorship. Challenging traditional gender expectations, thousands of girls ofGibson's generation not only aspired to public careers as writers, artists, educators, andeven doctors but also began to experiment with new forms of "female masculinity" inattitude, bearing, behavior, dress, and sexuality--a pattern only gradually domesticatedby the nonthreatening image of the "tomboy." Some, such as Gibson, at once realized andreenacted their dreams on the pages of antebellum story papers. This first modern scholarly edition of Mary Gibson's early fiction features ten tales ofteenage girls (seemingly much like Gibson herself) who fearlessly appropriate masculinetraits, defy contemporary gender norms, and struggle to fulfill high worldly ambitions.In addition to several heroines who seek "fame and riches" as authors or artists, Gibson's unconventional protagonists include three female medical students who resort tograve robbing and a Boston ingenue who dreams of achieving military glory in battle. Bymoving beyond "literary domesticity" and embracing bold new models of women'sauthorship, artistry, and worldly achievement, Gibson and her fictional protagonists standas exemplars of "the first generation of American girls who imagined they could do almostanything." Daniel A. Cohen is an associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University.His previous publications include "Pillars of Salt, Monuments of Grace: New England CrimeLiterature and the Origins of American Popular Culture, 1674-1860" and "'The Female Marine'and Related Works: Narratives of Cross-Dressing and Urban Vice in America's EarlyRepublic."


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Mary F W Gibson
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9781621900511
Antall sider 192 Dimensjoner 16,8cm x 24,1cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 413 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Andre medvirkende Assistant Professor of History Daniel A Cohen Emner og form Gender studies: women, Anthologies (non-poetry)