Thomas Paine and the Literature of Revolution

Thomas Paine and the Literature of Revolution

by Edward Larkin
     
 

Although the impact of works such as Common Sense and The Rights of Man has led historians to study Thomas Paine's role in the American Revolution and political scientists to evaluate his contributions to political theory, scholars have tacitly agreed not to treat him as a literary figure. This book not only redresses this omission, but also demonstrates that Paine's… See more details below

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Although the impact of works such as Common Sense and The Rights of Man has led historians to study Thomas Paine's role in the American Revolution and political scientists to evaluate his contributions to political theory, scholars have tacitly agreed not to treat him as a literary figure. This book not only redresses this omission, but also demonstrates that Paine's literary sensibility is particularly evident in the very texts that confirmed his importance as a theorist. And yet, because of this association with the "masses," Paine is often dismissed as a mere propagandist. Thomas Paine and the Literature of Revolution recovers Paine as a transatlantic popular intellectual who would translate the major political theories of the eighteenth century into a language that was accessible and appealing to ordinary citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521153577
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1Inventing an American public : the Pennsylvania Magazine and revolutionary American political discourse22
2"Could the wolf bleat like the lamb" : Paine's critique of the early American public sphere49
3Writing revolutionary history86
4The science of revolution : technological metaphors and scientific methodology in Rights of man and The age of reason114
5"Strong friends and violent enemies" : the historical construction of Thomas Paine through the nineteenth century149
Epilogue : Paine and nineteenth-century American literary history179

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