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By Shirley Samuels

ISBN-10: 0631234225

ISBN-13: 9780631234227

This Companion offers the present kingdom of feedback within the box of yank fiction from the earliest declarations of nationhood to secession and civil struggle.

  • Draws seriously on historic and cultural contexts in its attention of yankee fiction
  • Relates the fiction of the interval to conflicts approximately territory and sovereignty and to problems with gender, race, ethnicity and identity
  • Covers various different types of fiction, together with children’s literature, sketches, polemical items, historic romances, Gothic novels and novels of exploration
  • Considers either canonical and lesser-known authors, together with James Fennimore Cooper, Hannah Foster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Treats missed issues, equivalent to the Western novel, technological know-how and the unconventional, and American fiction in languages except English

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Cushing’s Ticonderoga (1824) underscores these internal divisions: though a ‘‘lover of freedom,’’ Captain Courtland feels bound to serve the King, while his daughter Catherine ardently supports the American cause; she finally weds the brave American officer Captain Grahame, who saves her father from the hatchet of Ohmeina, a Mohawk fighting with the Americans. On the eve of America’s golden jubilee, Cooper’s Lionel Lincoln (1825) looks back exactly fifty years, as does Child’s pre-revolutionary historical romance, The Rebels.

It feels compelled to, yet is repeatedly unable to distinguish books that are corrupting from books that are about corruption. The ambiguous reciprocal relationship between the novel and the world (‘‘I will not dispute,’’ concludes Mr. Holmes, ‘‘whether the novel makes the woman, or the woman makes the novel . . I believe the result will show they depend, in some measure, upon each other’’ [Brown 1996: 29]) names another example of a transport that requires careful regulation. Summed up in Harrington’s tortured address, ‘‘my love – my sister’’ (p.

Novel-reading, suggested Thomas Jefferson in 1818, was apt to produce ‘‘a bloated imagination, sickly judgement, and disgust towards all the real business of life’’ (1904–5: vol. 5, 91). Hegemonic republicanism, in other words, conflated class prejudice and monarchophobia in attacks on fiction which in their own incoherent way tell us a great deal about the anxieties generated in this period by the whole notion of political and literary representation. Just as the novel’s participants (its characters, its author and its reader) become ‘‘present at the discourse’’ only by entering into the ‘‘as it were’’ of representation, so the democratic citizen or the democratic politician exercises his or her political power only by ‘‘finding himself [or herself]’’ present elsewhere – by becoming re-presentable.

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