Seduced, Abandoned, and Reborn exposes the fears expressed by elders about young people in the early American republic. Those authors, educators, and moral reformers who aspired to guide youth into respectable stations perceived new dangers in the decades following independence. Battling a range of seducers in the burgeoning marketplace of early America, from corrupt peers to licentious prostitutes, from pornographic authors to firebrand preachers, these self-proclaimed moral guardians crafted advice and institutions for youth, hoping to guide them safely away from harm and toward success. By penning didactic novels and advice books while building reform institutions and colleges, they sought to lead youth into dutiful behavior. But, thrust into the market themselves, these moral guides were forced to compromise their messages to find a popular audience. Nonetheless, their calls for order did have lasting impact. In urban centers in the Northeast, middle-class Americans became increasingly committed to their notions of chastity, piety, and hard work. Focusing on popular publications and large urban centers, Hessinger draws a portrait of deeply troubled reformers, men and women, who worried incessantly about the vulnerability of youth to the perils of prostitution, promiscuity, misbehavior, and revolt. Benefiting from new insights in cultural history, Seduced, Abandoned, and Reborn looks at the way the categories of gender, age, and class took rhetorical shape in the early republic. In trying to steer young adults away from danger, these advisors created values that came to define the emerging middle class of urban America.
Perhaps the traditional seduction narrative seemed most strained when bourgeois moralists grappled with the practice of ... the marriage market were liable to be left seduced and abandoned—forced to support themselves by the sex trade.
Author: Rodney Hessinger
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
A survey of the development of American popular culture covers the period from the end of the Revolutionary War through the Western Expansionism movement in the early 19th century.
The basic plot can be easily summed up as " seduced and abandoned in the New World . " A British officer , Lieutenant Montraville , seduces a 15 - year - old English girl , Charlotte Temple . She willingly follows him to America where ...
Author: Anita Vickers
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Social Science
This book analyzes how poor eighteenth-century London women coped when they found themselves pregnant, their survival networks and the consequences of bearing an illegitimate child. It does so by exploring the encounters between poor women and the parish as well as London's lying-in hospitals and the Foundling Hospital. It suggests that unmarried mothers did not constitute a deviant minority within London's plebeian community. In fact, many could expect to find compassion rather than ostracism a response to their plight. All poor mothers, left without the support of their child's father, shared similar strategies of survival and economies of makeshift.
Many women were seduced and abandoned by the fathers of their babies but they used an alternative language of seduction and sexual relations than that to be found in sermons and accounts of the Foundling Hospital as well as contemporary ...
Author: T. Evans
Category: Social Science
This exciting edition gathers together for the first time a sampling of Haywood's writings generous enough to represent the full range of her fiction and drama and includes material from each decade of her long writing life. All texts come back into print here and here alone. The collection features six fictions, including both racy early work and later experimental prose fiction, two plays, and some powerful political writing.
In The British Recluse, two women tell each other their life stories, which are tales of seduction and exile from ... Cleomira is the seduced, abandoned, helpless female; Belinda is the active agent determined to find a new life course.
Author: Eliza Haywood
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Seduced and Abandoned examines the different ways that gay men use pop music, both as producers and consumers, and how, in turn, pop uses gay men. Richard Smith asks what role culture plays in shaping identity, and why pop continues to thrill gay men even though it so often lets them down. These 40 essays and interviews look at how performers, from The Kinks' Ray Davies to Gene's Martin Rossiter, have used pop as a platform to explore and articulate, conform to or contest notions of sexuality and gender. Some of these pieces are love letters (Nirvana, Take That); others hate mail (Erasure, Happy Mondays). Some figures keep reappearing - Madonna, Morrissey, Pet Shop Boys, 'Ziggy Stardust' and Suede; as do certain themes - AIDS, 'ambisexuality', camp, 'homosexualness', unmanliness, why dance music means so much to gay men though rock often says more about their lives, and how we read the stars and our desire to 'know' them.
A defence of cultural differences and an attack on cultural elitism, this book is as passionate and provocative as pop itself.
Author: Richard Smith
Publisher: Burns & Oates
In the fight for equality, early feminists often cited the infantilization of women and men of color as a method used to keep them out of power. Corinne T. Field argues that attaining adulthood--and the associated political rights, economic opportunities, and sexual power that come with it--became a common goal for both white and African American feminists between the American Revolution and the Civil War. The idea that black men and all women were more like children than adult white men proved difficult to overcome, however, and continued to serve as a foundation for racial and sexual inequality for generations. In detailing the connections between the struggle for equality and concepts of adulthood, Field provides an essential historical context for understanding the dilemmas black and white women still face in America today, from "glass ceilings" and debates over welfare dependency to a culture obsessed with youth and beauty. Drawn from a fascinating past, this book tells the history of how maturity, gender, and race collided, and how those affected came together to fight against injustice.
Hester Vaughan was a young emigrant from England, seduced, abandoned, and then found lying next to her dead baby; on scanty evidence a Philadelphia jury sentenced her to death for infanticide. “If that poor child of sorrow is hung,” ...
Author: Corinne T. Field
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Category: Social Science
This groundbreaking study has been widely hailed for its focus on a human emotion generally considered impervious to rational analysis: romantic, passionate love. Ethel Person views romantic love as a powerful agent of change, arguing that it is as central to human culture as it is to human existence. This new edition of Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters emphasizes the relevance of passion not only to lovers but also to mental health professionals whose patients often enter treatment because of love-related issues -- from the inability to love or make a commitment to the perils of extramarital love to love sickness or loss of love. She forthrightly addresses not only the power of love to unlock the soul but also its inherent paradoxes and conflicts. Employing a philosophical perspective in order to understand the existential dilemmas posed by love, and a cultural perspective in order to understand its cultural variability, Dr. Person breaks with contemporary intellectual and philosophical dismissive assumptions about romantic love. She acknowledges love's vital importance and power, proposing that passion serves an important function not only for the individual but also for the culture while charging psychoanalysis with a reductionist emphasis on sexuality and psychopathology that has narrowed the focus of inquiry into love. Among the issues she discusses are: romantic love's sources in our early lives, its relationship to imagination and creativity, and its capacity to enable the lover to transcend the self how romantic love often demands a reordering of values and promotes personal growth by exposing the self to new risks and possibilities the transformational potential of transference love in the therapy process flaws in the common misperception that women are more influenced by romantic love than men considerations of homosexual love, love across generations, and love triangles, focusing on the individual growth that can result from such relationships Citing accounts of love drawn from literature, film, and real life, Person focuses on the lover's internal soliloquy and external dialogue with the beloved that can develop over an individual's life. An uplifting resource for people experiencing failing or unorthodox romances, Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters boldly takes on issues pertinent to lovers, to professionals who encounter patients for whom key conflicts revolve around romantic love, and to anyone who has struggled to understand the importance of romantic love in his or her own life.
The phrase “seduced and abandoned” conjures up many of those old dreads haunting women—dreads we sometimes think of as anachronis-tic—but they were real enough only yesterday and some are still with ...
Author: Ethel S. Person
Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub