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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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(p.57) 2 Literature’s Historical Acts
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Archives of Desire
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J. Samaine Lockwood

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625362.003.0003

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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