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Archives of DesireThe Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism$
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J. Samaine Lockwood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625362

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625362.001.0001

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Literature’s Historical Acts

Literature’s Historical Acts

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Archives of Desire

J. Samaine Lockwood

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that literature thought of as regionalist—works by Rose Terry Cooke, Mary Wilkins Freeman, and Sarah Orne Jewett—was self-consciously historiographical. These writers, in their fiction, represented unmarried women's relationship to colonial history through depicting characters' re-performance of history and their sensual engagement of historical spaces and matter (colonial houses, old-fashioned gardens, and “old” women). In addition to analyzing regionalist fiction by these authors, this chapter examines photographs Emma Lewis Coleman and Sarah Orne Jewett collaborated on for a special edition of Deephaven that never reached print. Taken together, these various works demonstrate how a notion of New England exceptionalism underwrote the New England regionalists' vision of women's queer mobility on an international stage.

Keywords:   Cooke, Rose Terry, Freeman, Mary Wilkins, Jewett, Sarah Orne, Coleman, Emma Lewis, colonial revivalism, Deephaven, The Country of the Pointed Firs, Queer sexuality, White racial privilege, New England tourism

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