Unmasking Criticism: The Problem with Being a Good Reader of Sentimental Rhetoric

  title={Unmasking Criticism: The Problem with Being a Good Reader of Sentimental Rhetoric},
  author={Faye Halpern},
  pages={51 - 71}
There is a tradition of studies of the nineteenth-century “scribbling women,” as Hawthorne called them, beginning with a personal anecdote. Here is mine. When I showed a draft of my dissertation on Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa May Alcott to a fellow graduate student, she fastened on the tone. Why are you writing about texts which you feel so contemptuous about? I had not been aware of my tone and worried my advisors would not be pleased. I tried to erase it through a lot of strategic… 
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