“Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!”: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      European Association for American Studies, 2017.
    • Publication Date:
      2017
    • Collection:
      LCC:History America
      LCC:United States
      LCC:Sociology (General)
    • Abstract:
      This paper explores the role of books in American antebellum domestic fiction. Written primarily for middle-class readers, domestic fiction offers advice on how to create an ideal home and in these ideal homes the presence of books is necessary. In an era plagued by a volatile national economy, monetary assets proved an unstable basis for class affiliation. Domestic fiction, however, presents the ownership of books as an alternative foundation for class status. As a result, rather than being based on economic resources, which might lose value overnight, thus causing a plunge on the social ladder, in these tales, middle-class status transcends economic status as it becomes synonymous with the ownership and appreciation of books and the personal qualities books were expected to foster.
    • File Description:
      electronic resource
    • ISSN:
      1991-9336
      99821443
    • Relation:
      http://journals.openedition.org/ejas/12015; https://doaj.org/toc/1991-9336
    • Accession Number:
      10.4000/ejas.12015
    • Rights:
      Journal Licence: CC BY-NC
    • Accession Number:
      edsdoj.f1715a81c240d998214430d7df8d77
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      JOHANNA MCELWEE. “Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!”: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction. European Journal of American Studies, [s. l.], n. 2, 2017. DOI 10.4000/ejas.12015. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.f1715a81c240d998214430d7df8d77&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 8 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Johanna McElwee. “Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!”: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction. European Journal of American Studies. 2017;(2). doi:10.4000/ejas.12015.
    • APA:
      Johanna McElwee. (2017). “Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!”: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction. European Journal of American Studies, (2). https://doi.org/10.4000/ejas.12015
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Johanna McElwee. 2017. “‘Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!’: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction.” European Journal of American Studies, no. 2. doi:10.4000/ejas.12015.
    • Harvard:
      Johanna McElwee (2017) ‘“Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!”: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction’, European Journal of American Studies, (2). doi: 10.4000/ejas.12015.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Johanna McElwee 2017, ‘“Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!”: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction’, European Journal of American Studies, no. 2, viewed 8 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Johanna McElwee. “‘Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!’: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction.” European Journal of American Studies, no. 2, 2017. EBSCOhost, doi:10.4000/ejas.12015.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Johanna McElwee. “‘Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!’: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction.” European Journal of American Studies, no. 2 (2017). doi:10.4000/ejas.12015.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Johanna McElwee. “Who Can Estimate the Value of a Book!”: Buying and Owning Books in Antebellum Domestic Fiction. European Journal of American Studies [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2019 Dec 8];(2). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.f1715a81c240d998214430d7df8d77&custid=s6224580