Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic

Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic

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ISBN-13: 9781572332447
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Edition description: 1
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Philip Barnard teaches in the Department of English at the University of Kansas. He writes on American literature and cultural theory and has translated and edited work by such figures as Victor Séjour, Philippe Sollers, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. Mark L. Kamrath teaches early American literature in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. He is author of a forthcoming book on Brown’s historical writing, and co-editor of a collection of essays on eighteenth-century American periodicals. Stephen Shapiro teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick. He writes on American literature and cultural materialism and is preparing a book-length study on Brown, ideology, and the Atlantic world-system.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsi
Introductioniii
Part 1Revolution and Republican Communities
Introduction2
"This blissful period of intellectual liberty": Transatlantic Radicalism and Enlightened Conservatism in Brown's Early Writings7
Carwin the Peasant Rebel41
On the Origin of American Specie(s): The West Indies, Classification, and the Emergence of Supremacist Consciousness in Arthur Mervyn60
Juries of the Common Reader: Crime and Judgment in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown88
Part 2Gender and Sexuality
Introduction118
Between Speculation and Population: The Problem of "Sex" in Thomas Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population and Charles Brockden Brown's Alcuin122
A "Republic of Intellect": Conversation and Criticism among the Sexes in 1790s New York149
The State of "Women" in Ormond; or, Patricide in the New Nation182
"Man to Man I Needed Not to Dread His Encounter": Edgar Huntly's End of Erotic Pessimism216
Part 3Cultural Politics of the Later Years
Introduction254
Epistolarity, Anticipation, and Revolution in Clara Howard260
Sense, Census, and the "Statistical View" in the Literary Magazine and Jane Talbot281
Culture and Authority in Brown's Historical Sketches310
Race and Nation in Brown's Louisiana Writings of 1803332
American Exceptionalism and Radicalism in the "Annals of Europe and America"354
Notes on Contributors385
Index389

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