Beth Sutton-Ramspeck

Beth Sutton-Ramspeck is an associate professor of English at the Lima campus of the Ohio State University. She is the editor, with Nicole B. Meller, of Marcella, by Mary Augusta Ward.

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Raising the Dust · The Literary Housekeeping of Mary Ward, Sarah Grand, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman
By Beth Sutton-Ramspeck

Raising the Dust identifies a heretofore-overlooked literary phenomenon that author Beth Sutton-Ramspeck calls “literary housekeeping.” The three writers she examines rejected turn-of-the-century aestheticism and modernism in favor of a literature that is practical, even ostensibly mundane, designed to “set the human household in order.”

Raising the Dust is a scrupulously careful and deeply useful book. Sutton-Ramspeck daringly brings together disparate fields: American and British literature, progressive and conservative authors, domestic science and aesthetic paeans, cultural history and fiction. This interdisciplinary work, impressive in its own right, produces some quite exciting juxtapositions.”

Talia Schaffer, author of The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture