Resistance and Alternative Histories in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing
Rickie-Ann Legleitner’s introduction, “Resistance and Alternative Histories in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing,” positions the long nineteenth century as a time of immense political and social transition within the United States. As the nation was eager to define its spaces and citizenry, Legleitner contends that works whose characters and genres defied categorization were critically dismissed and often remain overlooked. Legleitner notes that scholars in this section interconnect in their analyses of characters that resist conventional social roles and in their explorations of both textual and physical space, revealing the tension between political and social interpretations of both genre and a woman’s place in society. Additionally, Legleitner highlights this section’s examination of critically neglected works, reaffirming the need for further scholarship on lesser-known female authors, along with continued scholarship that broadens feminist considerations of the liminal while offering an expanded history of women’s writing.