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Black Gothic

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

in This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832967
eISBN:
9781469600390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807832967.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter turns to two early republican novels to explore the ways they presented the intermix of sameness and difference, class, race, and gender during the opening days of the new Republic, when ... More


Charles Brockden Brown, Louisiana, and the Contingencies of Empire

Robert S. Levine

in Dislocating Race & Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832264
eISBN:
9781469605654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887882_levine.5
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter considers Brown in relation to the “affairs of Louisiana,” and points to the limits of traditional formulations of U.S. nationalism, and literary nationalism, when viewed exclusively in ... More


Wieland: Charles Brockden Brown's American Tale

Pamela Clemit

in The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The development of Godwinian methods in pursuit of a critique of William Godwin is Charles Brockden Brown's distinctive achievement in Wieland; or, The Transformation, his first completed novel, ... More


Dislocating Race & Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism

Robert S. Levine

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832264
eISBN:
9781469605654
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887882_levine
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

American literary nationalism is traditionally understood as a cohesive literary tradition developed in the newly independent United States that emphasized the unique features of America and ... More


The Transformation, the Self Devoted, and the Dead Recalled: Sympathy in Brown's Fiction

Caleb Crain

in American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083323
eISBN:
9780300133677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083323.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter presents a reading of three of Charles Brockden Brown's novels as parables of deformed sympathy. These are Wieland, Arthur Mervyn, and Edgar Huntly.


American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation

Caleb Crain

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083323
eISBN:
9780300133677
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083323.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book weaves together literary criticism and historical narrative to describe the strong friendships between men that supported and inspired some of America's greatest writing—the Gothic novels ... More


Transforming into Natives: Crèvecoeur, Marrant, and Brown on Becoming Indian

Katy L. Chiles

in Transformable Race: Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literature of Early America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199313501
eISBN:
9780199350728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313501.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Chapter 3 examines how J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer, John Marrant’s A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, A Black, and Charles Brockden ... More


The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Pamela Clemit

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book is a pioneering analysis of the school of fiction inaugurated by William Godwin, and developed in the works of his principal followers, Charles Brockden Brown and Mary Shelley. In the first ... More


The Dictate of Phrenzy: Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland

Steven Connor

in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

It is important to try to recapture the seriousness with which Abbé Jean-Baptiste de la Chapelle and some others took the question of ventriloquism, and this chapter examines the importance of the ... More


Walking the Property:: Ownership, Space, and the Body in Motion in Edgar Huntly

Chad Luck

in The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263004
eISBN:
9780823266340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263004.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter uncovers in Charles Brockden Brown’s gothic frontier novel a sophisticated engagement with eighteenth-century sensational psychologists, including Locke, Hume, and Condillac. The ... More


Property/Personhood

James D. Lilley

in Common Things: Romance and the Aesthetics of Belonging in Atlantic Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255153
eISBN:
9780823261062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255153.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In chapter 3, I focus on Charles Brockden Brown’s important novel Arthur Mervyn (1799). Brown’s text exposes the twin, Lockean foundations of U.S. political, racial, and financial ... More


Sovereignty, Race, and Melancholy in the Transatlantic Romantic Novel

in On Lingering and Being Last: Race and Sovereignty in the New World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229406
eISBN:
9780823240982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229406.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

This chapter offers a different understanding of the role of melancholic discourse in romanticism, whatever may be the attractions of an “interested cosmopolitanism.” The author argues that the ... More


The Literary Museum and the Unsettling of the Early American Novel

Jared Gardner

in The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036705
eISBN:
9780252093814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036705.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This introductory chapter discusses the intertwined histories of novel and magazine publications and how certain authors, generally attributed to the “rise of the novel,” have made a significant ... More


The Fiction of Hesitation

Matthew Garrett

in Episodic Poetics: Politics and Literary Form after the Constitution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199346530
eISBN:
9780199346554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346530.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Chapter 3 looks to the wide field of novelistic production in the period to analyze two aspects of literary structure: plotting and narrative discourse. The episode is a problem of plotting within ... More


Vox Populi, Vox Dei: Enchanted Subjectivity in and the Post-Revolutionary World

Michelle Sizemore

in American Enchantment: Rituals of the People in the Post-Revolutionary World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190627539
eISBN:
9780190627553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190627539.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter presents enchanted subjectivity as a model of political subjectivity in which individuals claim to speak for God, not for themselves, as commonly assumed for a democratic society. This ... More


Pleas for Democracy: Federalism, Expansionism, and Nativism

Elizabeth Fenton

in Religious Liberties: Anti-Catholicism and Liberal Democracy in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195384093
eISBN:
9780199893584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384093.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter links the anti-Catholic anxieties evident in early national novels to Federalist-era debates about the relationship between a nation’s territorial scope and its capacity to protect the ... More


Gothic Monstrosity: Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly and the Trope of the Bestial Indian

Christine Yao

in American Gothic Culture: An Edinburgh Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474401616
eISBN:
9781474418553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401616.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter reads the development and sedimentation of the savage image of American Indians in early American history through the American gothic’s monstrous tropes, concluding with 1799 novel Edgar ... More


Coils: Financial Speculation and Global Revolution in Charles Brockden Brown’s Ormond

Michelle Burnham

in Transoceanic America: Risk, Writing, and Revolution in the Global Pacific

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198840893
eISBN:
9780191876516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840893.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter reads Charles Brockden Brown’s 1799 novel Ormond in the context of Philadelphia’s newly intimate commercial relationship with the East Indies during the final decades of the eighteenth ... More


Civic Virtues: Narrative Form and the Trial of Character in Early America

Hoang Gia Phan

in Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814738474
eISBN:
9780814738931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814738474.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter argues that the early American novel destabilized traditional republican conceptions of virtue and credibility through literary form. The shared epistemological forms and narrative ... More


Hors Monde, or the Fantasy Structure of Republicanism

Michael J. Drexler and Ed White

in The Traumatic Colonel: The Founding Fathers, Slavery, and the Phantasmatic Aaron Burr

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479871674
eISBN:
9781479888160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479871674.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter turns to Charles Brockden Brown's Ormond; or, The Secret Witness, arguing that it predicts the dynamic operation of the Founders system. The subtitle of Brown's novel—or, The Secret ... More


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