A New Home, Who'll Follow?

A New Home, Who'll Follow?

A New Home Who ll Follow Set in the frontier of Michigan int he s A New Home is the first realistic portrayal of western village life in the United States Based on Caroline Kirkland s own experiences and written from a w

  • Title: A New Home, Who'll Follow?
  • Author: Caroline Kirkland
  • ISBN: 9780813515427
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in the frontier of Michigan int he 1830s, A New Home is the first realistic portrayal of western village life in the United States Based on Caroline Kirkland s own experiences and written from a woman s perspective it narrates with a keen eye and wit the absorbing story of the establishment of the village of Montacute, Michigan.A New Home is a vivid contribution tSet in the frontier of Michigan int he 1830s, A New Home is the first realistic portrayal of western village life in the United States Based on Caroline Kirkland s own experiences and written from a woman s perspective it narrates with a keen eye and wit the absorbing story of the establishment of the village of Montacute, Michigan.A New Home is a vivid contribution to a new kind of narrative developed during the antebellum period, ethnographic fiction Kirkland highlights the importance and the drama of local practices and everyday life in Montacute She traces the way two groups of settlers slowly adjust to each other the old hands and the newcomers from the East Dramatizing differences of class and culture, she also shows how the groups finally form a genuine community and a new, diverse culture Kirkland also gives ethnographic fiction an original twist she satirizes the provincialism and the rigidity of both groups of settlers After writing A New Home, Kirkland became a professional literary woman, working as an editor as well as a writer In her introduction, Sandra Zagarell explores the implications of Kirkland s writing and professional career for our understanding of women, writing, and the world of literature in antebellum America.

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    Like the best satire, Kirkland's cuts three ways: against the ostensible subject (the odd Michigan pioneer society), the critics (the populous eastern seaboard), and herself (the eastern transplant to Michigan who finds herself possessing both knowledge and ignorance of each). Informative, funny, and well constructed: this is much more than a footnote for historicists.

    I read this because it intersects with a couple of my current interests (lesser-known early American authors, especially women, and the experiences of those who settled the west, especially during the period that "the west" was what we now call the midwest). Therefore, it kept coming up in other works, including Virgin Lands and A Jury of Her Peers, among those listed here.The book itself was written in the 1830s and is basically the experiences of a fictional narrator from the East (based on th [...]

    After moving from New York to Michigan in the 1830s, Kirkland originally wrote this series of sketches as letters to her friends back east, satirizing her new (and, in her view, very uncouth) neighbors. Yes, sometimes she comes across as snobby, but mostly she's just wonderfully witty, and it's amazing how many of her commentaries still ring true about our modern society. As an added endorsement, Edgar Allan Poe thought Kirkland was a national treasure, and Poe didn't like anybody.(Note: My two [...]

    I'll be honest, this was a bit of a slog. Most of the books consists of very loosely connected anecdotes, and it can get hard to keep track of some of the characters. Still interesting for its historical significance to American literature, but I wouldn't have stuck it out till the end if it hadn't been for a class.

    Caroline Kirkland is Laura Ingalls Wilder meets Erma Bombeck. She is so smart and witty and tells a great migration tale. Love this book.

    Enjoyed this initially, and then my attention span for backwoods gossip petered out. Once they get settled, it's basically a collection of anecdotes about the neighbors.

    One of the essential accounts of the early westward movement into places like Michigan and Illinois.

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