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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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Spectral Fusions, Modernist Times

Spectral Fusions, Modernist Times

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Archives of Desire

J. Samaine Lockwood

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter demonstrates how the historical project of New England regionalism extended beyond the supposed end of that mode's popularity (c. 1915) and into the modernist era. It focuses on the writings of three women fiction writers left out of accounts of regionalism: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Alice Brown, and Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins. Each of these writers used New England-based colonial revivalism in her fiction to explore problems of race and queer desires in history. These writers consistently limned the contours of identity in time by portraying women characters as fusing with ghosts of the colonial and Revolutionary-era past. This chapter troubles traditional accounts of literary history by revealing the modernist sensibilities of New England regionalism and its very practice up through the so-called modernist moment.

Keywords:   haunting in women's literature, queer literary history, queer spectrality (or hauntings), literary regionalism, colonial revivalism, modernism, Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, Hopkins, Pauline Elizabeth, Brown, Alice, Perkins, Elizabeth Bishop

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