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Critical Fictions: Sentiment and the American Market, 1780-1870by Fichtelberg, Joseph
Publisher: The University of Georgia Press
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Issue: Fall 2003
This work of literary criticism seeks to correct the conception that antebellum and early national literature depicted women as retreating from or being critical of the growing commercial society. Fichtelberg argues just the opposite. Women, according to the author, are the ones adaptable to the travails of the market. Their sentiments, supposedly more virtuous and immune to temptation and vice than men, helped to endear the whimsical market onto the soul of the country.