glbtq: an encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & queer culture
home
arts
literature
social sciences
special features
discussion
about glbtq
   search

 
   Encyclopedia
   Discussion
 
 

   member name
  
   password
  
 
   
   Forgot Your Password?  
   
Not a Member Yet?  
   
JOIN TODAY. IT'S FREE!

 
  Advertising Opportunities
  Permissions & Licensing
  Terms of Service
  Privacy Policy
  Copyright

 

 

 

 

 
literature

Alpha Index:  A-B  C-F  G-K  L-Q  R-S  T-Z

Subjects:  A-B  C-E  F-L  M-Z

     
Jewett, Sarah Orne (1849-1909)  
 
page: 1  2  

Jewett died in 1909 of a cerebral hemorrhage, and with her, it seems, died the imaginative possibilities of that premodern, relatively less sex-conscious world. Though Cather took her advice and left journalism, even dedicating her breakthrough novel of 1913, O Pioneers!, to Jewett's memory, she wrestled throughout her career with the problem of representing desire in a culture that by then regarded intimacy between women as "unnatural."

Jewett was a crucial precursor and role model, but the feelings she explores in stories like "Martha's Lady" (1897), in which the protagonist harbors a love for another woman that is "half a pain and half a golden joy," signified something different to the readers of Cather's generation.

Sponsor Message.

Thus, she clung to her "masquerade" as a historical and occupational necessity, feeling forced to conceal what her literary foremother openly celebrated. Jewett's serene insistence that "a woman could love her in that same protecting way" poignantly yet clearly marks the cultural gulf that fell between these two prominent American women writers.

Marilee Lindemann

  <previous page   page: 1  2    

    
 interact  
   
Contact Us
 
Join the Discussion
 
 find 
   
Related Entries
 
More Entries by this contributor
 
A Bibliography on this Topic

 
Citation Information
 
More Entries about Literature
 
 


   Related Entries
  
literature >> Overview:  American Literature: Lesbian, 1900-1969

American lesbian literature prior to Stonewall exploited the "outlaw" status of the lesbian as it moved from encrypted strategies of expression to overt political celebrations of woman-for-woman passion.

literature >> Overview:  American Literature: Nineteenth Century

Although sometimes coded as romantic friendship, both gay male and lesbian attractions are reflected in nineteenth-century American poetry and fiction, including works by such major figures as Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson.

literature >> Overview:  Romantic Friendship: Female

Until the beginning of the twentieth century, intimate, exclusive, and often erotic romantic friendships between women were largely perceived as normal and socially acceptable.

social sciences >> Boston Marriages

Boston marriages--romantic unions between women that were usually monogamous but not necessarily sexual--flourished in the late nineteenth-century between women who tended to be college-educated, feminist, financially independent, and career-minded.

literature >> Cather, Willa

One of America's premier literary artists in the earlier twentieth century, Willa Cather reflected her own lesbianism in the creation of strong women characters and in the exploration of male homosexuality.

literature >> James, Henry

Though closeted, Henry James had a number of intimate relations with young men, and his sexual orientation imbued his fiction.

literature >> Kipling, Rudyard

Rudyard Kipling, England's "Laureate of Empire," fashioned himself as the conscience of the English-speaking world, but the great love of his life was a young man who spurned him and whose sister he married after his friend's sudden death.

literature >> Rossetti, Christina

Her sexuality repressed by religion, Christina Rossetti wrote poetry that included highly-charged erotic female-to-female affection.

literature >> Tennyson, Alfred Lord

Although he was sexually attracted to women, Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote poetry suffused with homoeroticism, including the most beautiful homoerotic elegy in the English language.


    Bibliography
   

Blanchard, Paula. Sarah Orne Jewett: Her World and Her Work. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1994.

Cary, Richard, ed. An Appreciation of Sarah Orne Jewett. Waterville, Me.: Colby College Press, 1973.

Donovan, Josephine. Sarah Orne Jewett. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1981.

Lindemann, Marilee. "Sarah Orne Jewett." Modern American Women Writers. Elaine Showalter, ed. New York: Scribner's, 1991. 235-250.

Nagel, Gwen L., ed. Critical Essays on Sarah Orne Jewett. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984.

Roman, Judith A. Annie Adams Fields: The Spirit of Charles Street. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.

Sherman, Sarah Way. Sarah Orne Jewett: An American Persephone. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1989.

Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. "The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century America." Signs 1 (Autumn 1975): 1-29.

Toth, Susan Allen. "Sarah Orne Jewett and Friends: A Community of Interest." Studies in Short Fiction 9 (Summer 1972): 233-241.

Zagarell, Sandra A. "Narrative of Community: The Identification of a Genre." Signs 13 (Spring 1988): 498-527.

 

    Citation Information
         
    Author: Lindemann, Marilee  
    Entry Title: Jewett, Sarah Orne  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2002  
    Date Last Updated July 24, 2006  
    Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/jewett_so.html  
    Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL   60607
 
    Today's Date  
    Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.  
    Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates  
 

 

This Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

www.glbtq.com is produced by glbtq, Inc., 1130 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL   60607 glbtq™ and its logo are trademarks of glbtq, Inc.
This site and its contents Copyright © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Your use of this site indicates that you accept its Terms of Service.