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Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura Ingalls Wilder Paperback – November 21, 1997
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"Romines has achieved an extraordinary tone in this book. On the one hand, it is framed by passages that are unashamedly autobiographical. On the other, it is decidedly a work of contemporary literary scholarship, a reading of an extremely popular set of children's books by an English professor versed in the latest work in her field. . . . I read it with much pleasure and learned a great deal from it."―Susan Strasser, author of Never Done: A Histroy of American Housework
"Sets a new standard for studies of Wilder, of children's literature, of nineteenth-century women's popular literature, and of women's roles in the ninettenth century, especially on the American frontier, and affirms Romines's important place as a critic of all these concerns. . . . Readers have been waiting for this work―even if they didn't know Romines was working on it."―Diane Quantic, author of The Nature of the Place: A Study of Great Plains Fiction
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I can see where the author was coming from on such topics as minority issues and the subject of Ma and Laura's relationship. However, I think some of the gender/feminism issues were WAY over the top, and had to stop reading the book for a while after reading the ludirous accusations of an incestual relationship between Pa and Laura. Also, with all the conflicts the author tried to find, I"m surprised she didn't tackle the good ol' fashioned sibling rivalry that is a major player between Laura and Mary in the first 3 books, and rears its head from time to time in the last four.
The author tried too hard to find conflict where there wasn't any. There is a complex web we weave in day to day interactions that have anything and everything to do with gender, race, and class distinction but you know what? Sometimes a Rose is just a Rose.
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This is an excellent critical study of Wilder and Lane's work in creating the Little House books. The audience is the scholar more than the casual reader of the texts, but with... Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Kelly Jennings
I alternated between laughing and getting mad while reading this nonsense. Quite insulting to the characters of the Little House books, from implying that girls with a warm and... Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Kangi
Hilarious--both for its overwrought academic prose and for its author's utter incomprehension of 19th century life. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Miranda Jayne Speck
Romines' study of the Little House books is learned and informative. She alludes to many current discussions in literary studies. Read morePublished on June 10, 2001