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How the Other Half Loved: A Saloonkeeper'S Daughter in the Company of Women

How the Other Half Loved: A Saloonkeeper'S Daughter in the Company of Women

Chapter:
(p.112) Five How the Other Half Loved: A Saloonkeeper'S Daughter in the Company of Women
Source:
Manly Love
Author(s):
Axel Nissen
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226586687.003.0006

This chapter introduces the topic of female romantic friendship in nineteenth-century American literature. In an ex-centric approach, it takes Drude Krog Janson's novel A Saloonkeeper's Daughter (1889) as the starting point for an examination of the interconnections between this story of a young immigrant woman's coming of age and similar stories by native-born American writers, such as Maria Cummins, Augusta Jane Evans, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. How does Janson's novel compare in plot, characters, and motifs with the novels of these writers, particularly with regard to the representation of the lives of women and the affective bonds between them? What, if anything, is different about A Saloonkeeper's Daughter when compared with earlier woman-centered novels? The chapter aims to examine the circulation and narrative shaping of nineteenth-century ideas about women and their relationships to each other, and to men, in a representative selection of American novels from the years leading up the publication of A Saloonkeeper's Daughter.

Keywords:   A Saloonkeeper's Daughter, romantic friendship, American literature, Drude Krog Janson, affective bond, woman-centered novels

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