112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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The Subversive in the American Sentimental Novel II (Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers)

Session Chair: 
Christine Danelski, California State University, Los Angeles
Session 10: Sunday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Raincross D


  1. Matthew Duques, University of North Alabama
    This paper compares Alexis de Tocqueville's representation of catastrophe and democracy with Lydia Maria Child's discussion of the same conjunction in her novel Philothea in order to help illuminate the American author's radical political philosophy. 
  2. Jeffrey Gagnon, University of California, San Diego
     Ruth Hall exposes fundamental contradictions in social constructions of self-making in the antebellum era, even as it proclaims that economic self-sufficiency is central to women’s political power. 
  3. Cristina Lopez, University of Kentucky
    In Mary Andrews Denison’s The Prisoner of La Vintresse, the Cuban heiress Minerva has a hybrid identity—half Spanish and half English. This hybridity gives her agency and allows her to destabilize the American ideologies of true womanhood and separate spheres that keep women confined within the domestic space of the home.
Session Cancelled: