American Writers and the Picturesque Tour: The Search for National Identity, 1790-1860


First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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A critical survey of the picturesque tour in national literature from Charles Brockden Brown to writers of the American Renaissance, detailing how American writers' attitudes toward this European aesthetic shaped their creation of an American literary nationalism. Contains chapters on Brown's "Edgar Huntly", Hawthorne's ironic traveler, Poe's picturesque-hunters, and Thoreau as picturesque tourist. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly: The Picturesque Traveler as Sleepwalker 31
3 "Banqueting on the picturesque": James Kirke Paulding in the 1820s and รก30s 53
4 The Search for Manliness: Irving and Parkman in the West 91
5 Hawthorne's Ironic Traveler 119
6 Poe's "Picturesque-Hunters" 151
7 Excursions in New England: Thoreau as Picturesque Tourist 169
8 Conclusion 189
Index 197
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