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Christine, Christine, 0803213603, 0-8032-1360-3, 978-0-8032-1360-9, 9780803213609, Laura Curtis Bullard Edited and with an introduction by Denise M. Kohn, Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers, Christine, 0803233949, 0-8032-3394-9, 978-0-8032-3394-2, 9780803233942, Laura Curtis Bullard Edited and with an introduction by Denise M. Kohn, Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writer

Christine
Or Woman's Trials and Triumphs
Laura Curtis Bullard
Edited and with an introduction by Denise M. Kohn

paperback
2011. 432 pp.
978-0-8032-1360-9
$35.00 s
 

When Laura Curtis Bullard wrote the novel Christine in 1856, she created one of antebellum America’s most radical heroines: a woman’s rights leader. Addressing the major social, political, and cultural issues surrounding women from within an unusually overt feminist framework for its time, Christine openly challenges a social and legal system that denies women full and equal rights.
 
Christine defies her family, rejects marriage, and leaves a job as a teacher to embark on her career, rewriting the script for a successful nineteenth-century heroine. Along the way, she recreates domesticity on her own terms, helping other young women gain economic independence so that they, too, have the autonomy to make their own choices in love and life. One of the triumphs of the novel is the author’s ability to create a sympathetic heroine and a fast-paced plot that intertwines vivid scenes of suicide, destitution, and an insane asylum with theoretical and political discussions—so skillfully that the novel successfully appealed to otherwise hesitant middle-class readers.

Laura Curtis Bullard (1831–1912) published her first novel, Now-a-days, in 1854. The following year, she founded and edited her own newspaper, The Ladies Visitor, and Drawing Room Companion, and in 1856 she published Christine. She later succeeded Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton as editor of the radical suffrage newspaper The Revolution. Denise M. Kohn is an associate professor of English at Baldwin-Wallace College. She is the coeditor of Transatlantic Stowe: Harriet Beecher Stowe and European Culture.

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