Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation

Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation

by Shirley Samuels
     
 

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The politics of identity in the period of the early American republic involved the cultural production of a national self. In Romances of the Republic, Shirley Samuels examines revolutionary rhetoric from the 1790s through the 1850s primarily in novels, but also in poems, pamphlets, political cartoons, and sermons. See more details below

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The politics of identity in the period of the early American republic involved the cultural production of a national self. In Romances of the Republic, Shirley Samuels examines revolutionary rhetoric from the 1790s through the 1850s primarily in novels, but also in poems, pamphlets, political cartoons, and sermons.

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"Samuels's reinterpretation of early American culture will awaken new interest and spark new ideas for anyone interested in this period, regardless of their disciplinary, theoretical, or ideological perspectives. Her striking thesis and fresh, penetrating readings will challenge established assumptions and generate lively and productive debates. Her splendid book will set a new agenda for early American studies."—Emory Elliott, University of California, Los Angeles and author of Revolutionary Writers: Literature and Authority in the New Republic, 1725-1810 (OUP 1986)

"Romances of the Republic is a striking investigation, through both literature and historical documents, of the connections between nationalism and the bonds of personal liberty represented by the family. In its welcome attention to questions of rebellion, violence, and social control that had their emblem in the family's precarious structures of authority, the book promises to revise dramatically our notions of the novel as a social instrument."—Eric Sundquist, University of California, Los Angeles and editor of The Oxford W. E. B. Du Bois Reader (OUP 1996)

"The publication of Romances of the Republic has been eagerly anticipated by scholars of early US culture. In it, Samuels redefines the terrain of traditional studies of early national culture and the early novel. Stepping past the separate-spheres habit of literary and cultural studies and refusing to be blinkered by sentimental reverence for familial forms, Samuels reads the (often violent) linkages between familial and political."—Dana Nelson, University of Kentucky and author of The Word in Black and White: Reading "Race" in American Literature, 1638-1867 (OUP 1993)

"Frequently original and sometimes dazzlingly so in its specific readings, this book breaks new ground in a variety of ways. First and foremost, Samuels has changed the matrix for studying republican ideology, from self-fashioning to family fashioning."—David Leverenz, University of Florida

Romances of the Republic is indeed a major work in early republican studies, one that successfully melds old categorical oppositions to produce an entirely new sense of what we mean by the politics of domesticity."—William and Mary Quarterly

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ISBN-13:
9780195359893
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/29/1996
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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