Empire and The Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction / Edition 1

Empire and The Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction / Edition 1

by Jesse Alemán
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813540763

ISBN-13: 9780813540764

Pub. Date: 07/01/2007

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


Mid-nineteenth-century American literature teems with the energy and excitement characteristic of the nation's era of expansion. It also reveals the intense anxiety and conflict of a country struggling with what it will mean, socially and culturally, to incorporate previously held Spanish territories. Empire and the Literature of Sensation is a critical anthology…  See more details below

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Mid-nineteenth-century American literature teems with the energy and excitement characteristic of the nation's era of expansion. It also reveals the intense anxiety and conflict of a country struggling with what it will mean, socially and culturally, to incorporate previously held Spanish territories. Empire and the Literature of Sensation is a critical anthology of some of the most popular and sensational writings published before the Civil War. It is a collection of transvestite adventures, forbidden love, class conflict, and terrifying encounters with racial "others."

Most of the accounts, although widely distributed in nineteenth-century newspapers, pamphlets, or dime store novels, have long been out of print. Reprinted here for the first time are novelettes by two superstars of the cheap fiction industry, Ned Buntline and George Lippard. Also included are selections from one of the first dime novels as well as the narratives of Leonora Siddons and Sophia Delaplain, both who claim in their autobiographical pamphlets to have cross-dressed as men and participated in the Texas rebellion and Cuban filibustering.

Originally written for entertainment and enormously popular in their day, these sensational thrillers reveal for today's audiences how the rhetoric of empire was circulated for mass consumption and how imperialism generated domestic and cultural instability during the period of the American literary renaissance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813540764
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2007
Series:
Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (MELA) Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Chronology     ix
Introduction     xiii
A Note on the Texts     xxxi
The Female Warrior     1
Magdalena, The Beautiful Mexican Maid   Ned Buntline     21
'Bel of Prairie Eden   George Lippard     107
A Thrilling and Exciting Account of the Sufferings and Horrible Tortures Inflicted on Mortimer Bowers and Miss Sophia Delaplain     201
The Prisoner of La Vintresse   Mary Andrews Denison     229
Explanatory Notes     287

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