Recently, other feminist critics have taken up Coultrap-McQuin's challenge. In her book The Disobedient Writer, which explores the way selected women writers have responded to various literary traditions, Nancy A. Walker argues that Hamilton employs the Genesis story as a "convenient and familiar trope" to make "pointed comments about the relationship between women and literary tradition" (31). In a similar vein, Sherry Lee Linkon examines elements of Hamilton's later works that constitute what she terms a "gendered Jeremiad." "Like most Jeremiads," Linkon writes, "Hamilton's messages are usually conservative, but they also reveal her efforts to resist and revise her culture's dominant ideas about gender."
While criticism of Hamilton's published writing focusing on gender represents an important step in the reevaluation of her work, other important aspects remain to be explored, chief among them her use of humor and her vision of Christianity. Hamilton's letters also offer opportunities for further scholarly work, as she kept up a regular correspondence not only with her family but with many literary and intellectual figures of her day, including Grace Greenwood ( Sara Jane Lippincott), John Greenleaf Whittier, and Henry James, Sr. These letters, together with her literary work, represent a rich and largely untapped resource for literary critics and historians.
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Publication information: Book title: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers:A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Contributors: Denise D. Knight - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 204.