A New-England Tale (Penguin Classics) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

By Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Jane Elton, orphaned as a tender woman, is going to stay along with her aunt Mrs. Wilson, a egocentric and overbearing lady who practices a repressive Calvinism. of their rural New England village, Jane grows up craving to wreck loose from Mrs. Wilson's tyranny and locate her position as a citizen of the evolving American Republic. She is helped by means of her encounters with characters who embrace a variety of shadings of ethical, non secular, and civic advantage: the affectionate servant Mary Hull, a pious Methodist; Mr. Lloyd, a type Quaker; loopy guess, emotional, sympathetic, yet deeply risky; and outdated John, bereaved yet clever. eventually, A New-England Tale is set the relationship among parenting and governing, and the most important position ladies play in shaping a fledgling country.

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Of such trust and respect the initiative must be taken by the speaker. Not with cringing or flattery, not with any brow-beating air of superiority, but with a manly, selfrespecting frankness, he is to approach his audience as men occupying a common ground with himself. (449) The distinctly gendered construction of rhetorical character Genung outlines is underscored by his representation of male speakers as exemplars, including Henry Ward Beecher, Burke, Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas  PARLOR RHETORIC AND THE PERFORMANCE OF GENDER Macaulay, and Webster (450–69).

Of such trust and respect the initiative must be taken by the speaker. Not with cringing or flattery, not with any brow-beating air of superiority, but with a manly, selfrespecting frankness, he is to approach his audience as men occupying a common ground with himself. (449) The distinctly gendered construction of rhetorical character Genung outlines is underscored by his representation of male speakers as exemplars, including Henry Ward Beecher, Burke, Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas  PARLOR RHETORIC AND THE PERFORMANCE OF GENDER Macaulay, and Webster (450–69).

17 The range of selections in speakers reflects the assumption of authors and publishers that rhetorical performance was a central activity in the home and community. Advertising its contents in 1902 in terms that had changed very little since the beginning of the popularity of speakers in the 1870s, The American Star Speaker and Model Elocutionist (1902) presents itself as a manual of vocal and physical culture [and] elocution . . with appropriate selections for Readings and Recitals, both public and private, embracing the serious, comic, patriotic, heroic, sublime, humorous, descriptive, didactic and ridiculous, Suitable for Home, School, Church, Lodge, Club, Literary Societies, and Public and Private Recitals, with a variety of selections for use at all Holiday and Special Day Celebrations.

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