×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Revolution and the Word; The Rise of the Novel in America / Edition 1
     

Revolution and the Word; The Rise of the Novel in America / Edition 1

5.0 1
by Cathy N. Davidson, Davidson
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0195056531

ISBN-13: 9780195056532

Pub. Date: 11/28/1988

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Offering a unique perspective on the origins of American fiction, Cathy N. Davidson focuses not only on the early novels themselves but also on the people who produced, sold, and read them. She demonstrates how, in the aftermath of the American Revolution, the novel found a special place among some of the least privileged citizens of the new republic. Though now

Overview

Offering a unique perspective on the origins of American fiction, Cathy N. Davidson focuses not only on the early novels themselves but also on the people who produced, sold, and read them. She demonstrates how, in the aftermath of the American Revolution, the novel found a special place among some of the least privileged citizens of the new republic. Though now mostly forgotten, these early American novels enabled those who bought and read them—especially women and the lower classes—to move into the higher levels of literacy required by a democracy.
Combining rigorous historical methods with contemporary critical theory, Davidson brilliantly reconstructs the complex interplay of politics, ideology, economics, and other social forces that governed the writing, publishing, distribution, and comprehension of these early novels. She assesses the precarious business of the printer, the hardships endured by the traveling book peddler, the shortcomings of early American schools, and the lost lives of such women as Tabitha Tenney and diarist Patty Rogers. By exploring how Americans lived during the Constitutional era, Davidson presents the genesis of American literature in its fullest possible context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195056532
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1988
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE 3(80)
1 Introduction: Toward a History of Texts
3(12)
2 The Book in the New Republic
15(23)
3 Ideology and Genre
38(17)
4 Literacy, Education, and the Reader
55(28)
PART TWO 83(180)
5 Commodity and Communication: The First American Novel
83(27)
6 Privileging the Feme Covert: The Sociology of Sentimental Fiction
110(41)
7 The Picaresque and the Margins of Political Discourse
151(61)
8 Early American Gothic: The Limits of Individualism
212(42)
9 Afterword: Texts as Histories
254(9)
Notes 263(52)
Index 315

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Revolution and the Word; The Rise of the Novel in America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago