Sentimental Materialism: Gender, Commodity Culture, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. By Lori Merish.

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Karen A. Weyler, Associate Professor (Creator)
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Abstract: Like Ann Douglas in The Feminization of American Culture, Lori Merish in Sentimental Materialism locates nineteenth-century sentimentality in the nexus of commodity consumption, but Merish productively complicates the relationships among American women, literary texts, and consumer goods. In a learned and theoretically charged reading comprising feminist, materialist, and new historicist readings of both familiar and lesser known texts, Merish illustrates the enduring influence of eighteenth-century Scottish moral philosophy with regard to women and consumption. In the Scottish model, "taste," with its civilizing, sensitizing influence, was the province of women and a route to social subjectivity, albeit not to full citizenship.

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South Atlantic Review 66.1 (2001): 229-32.
Language: English
Date: 2001
Book review, Women, 19th century, Literature

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