American blood the ends of the family in american literature 1850 1900 by holly jackson carol j singley american blood the ends of the family in american literature 1850 1900 by holly jackson new york oxford university press 2014 x 201 pp 6500 cloth. American blood the ends of the family in american literature 1850 1900 holly jackson shows how and why a fascinating archive of nineteenth century writers were apostates to the family moves discussions of the family well beyond the purview of sentimental and domestic fiction. American blood foregrounds a culture wide struggle over the definition and value of the family in the nineteenth century united states this study offers a new vision of the american novel in this tumultuous period highlighting works that protest the overvaluation of kinship in american culture depicting the domestic family as antagonistic to the political enterprise of the united states. The conventional view of the family in the nineteenth century novel holds that it venerated the traditional domestic unit as a model of national belonging contesting this interpretation american blood argues that many authors of the period challenged preconceptions of the family and portrayed it as a detriment to true democracy and by extension the political enterprise of the united states. American blood the ends of the family in american literature 1850 1900 by holly jackson oxford and new york oxford university press 2014 pp224 isbn 978 0 19 931704 2 4199 hb reviewed by stefania ciocia canterbury christ church university uk join friends of the asrc on facebook tweets by astudies
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