Revising Charles Brockden Brown : culture, politics, and sexuality in the early republic /
edited by Philip Barnard, Mark L. Kamrath, and Stephen Shapiro.
1st ed.
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2004.
xix, 394 p.
1572332441 (alk. paper)
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Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2004.
1572332441 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Charles Brockden Brown (17711810), a prolific and often controversial writer, has long been recognized as a significant figure in U.S. literary and cultural history. Brown's prose fiction, periodical writings, historiography, and pamphlets take part in the full range of political, literary, scientific, and other debates that form the cultural landscape of the first decades of the American republic from 1790 to 1810. Scholarship in the twentieth century developed a general understanding of Brown as an ambitious novelist but only began to explore the full extent of his writings and the issues they raise. Revising Charles Brockden Brown explores the writer as a key figure for understanding the cultural politics of this crucial era of U.S. and Atlantic history. Using contemporary critical models drawn from history, interdisciplinary cultural studies, postcolonial studies, gender and queer theory, and other areas, the essays in this collection bring Brown studies into the twenty-first century, synthesizing and extending the implications of the upsurge in Brown scholarship that has occurred over the last twenty years. These essays explore Brown in his own right and as a window onto the social dynamics of the early republic, as a participant in and commentator on the tumultuous conflicts and transformations of this postrevolutionary moment. These studies focus on the period's political and ideological discourses in "Revolution and Republican Communities," address questions concerning the construction of subjectivity and gender in "Gender and Sexuality," and explore the later development of Brown's intellectual origins in the radical enlightenment in the "Cultural Politics of the Later Years." Contributors: Philip Barnard, Martin Brückner, Bruce Burgett, Michelle Burnham, Sean X. Goudie, Mark L. Kamrath, Robert S. Levine, Stephen Shapiro, Frank Shuffelton, Julia Stern, Fredrika J. Teute, W. M. Verhoeven, and Ed White 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
Acknowledgmentsp. i
Introductionp. iii
Revolution and Republican Communities
Introductionp. 2
"This blissful period of intellectual liberty": Transatlantic Radicalism and Enlightened Conservatism in Brown's Early Writingsp. 7
Carwin the Peasant Rebelp. 41
On the Origin of American Specie(s): The West Indies, Classification, and the Emergence of Supremacist Consciousness in Arthur Mervynp. 60
Juries of the Common Reader: Crime and Judgment in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brownp. 88
Gender and Sexuality
Introductionp. 118
Between Speculation and Population: The Problem of "Sex" in Thomas Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population and Charles Brockden Brown's Alcuinp. 122
A "Republic of Intellect": Conversation and Criticism among the Sexes in 1790s New Yorkp. 149
The State of "Women" in Ormond; or, Patricide in the New Nationp. 182
"Man to Man I Needed Not to Dread His Encounter": Edgar Huntly's End of Erotic Pessimismp. 216
Cultural Politics of the Later Years
Introductionp. 254
Epistolarity, Anticipation, and Revolution in Clara Howardp. 260
Sense, Census, and the "Statistical View" in the Literary Magazine and Jane Talbotp. 281
Culture and Authority in Brown's Historical Sketchesp. 310
Race and Nation in Brown's Louisiana Writings of 1803p. 332
American Exceptionalism and Radicalism in the "Annals of Europe and America"p. 354
Notes on Contributorsp. 385
Indexp. 389
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