Writing the Pioneer Woman

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University of Missouri Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 228 pages
Focusing on a series of autobiographical texts, published and private, well known and obscure, Writing the Pioneer Woman examines the writing of domestic life on the nineteenth-century North American frontier. In an attempt to determine the meanings found in the pioneer woman's everyday writings -- from records of recipes to descriptions of washing floors -- Janet Floyd explores domestic details in the autobiographical writing of British and Anglo-American female emigrants.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
To Recover Those Once Lost
7
A Tradition of Pioneers
18
Private Enterprise
43
Recipes for Success
76
Domesticity and Dirt
102
A Space in Which to Be Imaginative
124
Plotting the Golden West
145
Conclusion
187
Works Cited
193
Index
217
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