Literary Federalism in the Age of Jefferson: Joseph Dennie and the Port Folio, 1801-1812 / Edition 1

Literary Federalism in the Age of Jefferson: Joseph Dennie and the Port Folio, 1801-1812 / Edition 1

by William C. Dowling
     
 

The Port Folio magazine, America's first major journal of literary and political opinion, was edited by Joseph Dennie between 1801 and 1811. This new study argues that as The Port Folio mounted a last spirited defense of classical republican values against "American jacobinism," the struggle between its Federalist writers and the forces of Jeffersonian ideology gave… See more details below

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The Port Folio magazine, America's first major journal of literary and political opinion, was edited by Joseph Dennie between 1801 and 1811. This new study argues that as The Port Folio mounted a last spirited defense of classical republican values against "American jacobinism," the struggle between its Federalist writers and the forces of Jeffersonian ideology gave rise to an important tradition in American writing. "The triumphing of Jefferson's part will be but short," Dennie optimistically predicted in 1801. "Men will wake from the dreams of apathy, and the darkness of delusion." By the end of 1807, however, Dennie and the Port Folio writers had come to realize that they were on the losing side of history and that the triumph of Jeffersonian ideology would be total and permanent. Literary Federalism then originates as a tradition, argues William C. Dowling, in the attempt of Dennie and The Port Folio to provide a sanctuary for classical republican values within a separate world of the literary imagination, a mode of writing that might serve as a permanent refuge from the degraded conditions of American social existence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570032431
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Literary Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
127
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Demon Democracy1
2Oliver Oldschool28
3The Philosophy of Merriment50
4The Republic of Letters69
Notes89
A Note on Sources101
Selected Bibliography108
Index123

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