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Scare TacticsSupernatural Fiction by American Women$
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Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823229857.001.0001

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Ghosts of Desire: Rose Terry Cooke, Alice Brown, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, and Helen Hull

Ghosts of Desire: Rose Terry Cooke, Alice Brown, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, and Helen Hull

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(p.136) 5. Ghosts of Desire: Rose Terry Cooke, Alice Brown, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, and Helen Hull
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Scare Tactics
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Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823229857.003.0006

Recent studies of nineteenth-century American culture have begun to call into question the accepted wisdom of “separate spheres” for men and women. This is not to say that cultural expectations for men and women did not differ, but rather that they did not function in some monolithic way uninflected by other factors such as race, class, geographical region, religion, and occupation. The existence of the ghost stories included in this study in fact testifies to the permeability of the boundaries circumscribing male and female spheres of activity and influence because the women who wrote them — in large measure were “literary domestics.” The ghost stories addressed here also make clear the ways in which other identity categories complicate the separate spheres paradigm.

Keywords:   American culture, ghost stories, men, women, spheres of influence, Rose Terry Cooke, Alice Brown, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, Helen Hull

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