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Antipodean American Geography: Washington Irving's “Globular” Narratives  

Paul Giles

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the works of Washington Irving within the broad framework of global narratives. It analyzes how geographical variables enter into the writings of Irving and how as an ... More

Antislavery Reform  

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
Transcendentalism has a very deep history in antislavery activism. As the article goes, Radical abolitionism gained momentum as an organized effort centered in Transcendentalist New ... More

Are “American Novels” Novels? Mardi and the Problem of Boring Books  

Jordan Alexander Stein

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the American novel and the problem of boring books. It investigates what would happen if the assumption about the existence of novel as a literary genre were treated ... More

Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793  

Michael J. Drexler

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
The novel Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793 by Charles Brockden Brown challenges its readers with its multiple plot lines, a dizzying array of characters, and its formal ... More

Bluestockings and Bohemians  

Edward Whitley

Poe regularly attended New York City literary salons during the 1840s with women writers referred to as “bluestockings” in an homage to the feminist intellectuals of the eighteenth-century ... More

The Book Trade, 1770–1832  

John Feather

The British book trade evolved into a fully modern industry during this period. Its modernity was signalled by more effective copyright laws, clearer divisions of labour and ... More

Cholera, Kipling, and Tropical India  

Pablo Mukherjee

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
This article investigates how a particular vision of a diseased tropical environment grew out of the dynamics of British imperialism in the Indian subcontinent and how this vision was ... More

Clara Howard: in a Series of Letters  

Philip Barnard

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter on Charles Brockden Brown’s 1801 romance Clara Howard traces critical responses from the early nineteenth century to the present and argues that this long fiction marks a ... More

Concord  

Ronald A. Bosco

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
While much of the exchange between the Transcendentalists occurred in Boston, without a doubt the heart of the movement was in the nearby small town of Conocrd. Concord was the birthplace ... More

Creole Kinship: Privacy and The Novel in the New World  

Nancy Bentley

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the so-called Creole kinship in American novels during the nineteenth century. It argues in the first instance that the political origins of the novel are the source ... More

Deciphering Dupin: Poe’s Ratiocinative Plots  

Kelly Ross

Poe sits at the intersection of the tightly interwoven fields of computing and mass surveillance. Examining Poe’s Dupin tales through a lens of surveillance, rather than Holmesian ... More

The Dial  

Susan Belasco

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
The Dial, the quarterly journal of the Transcendentalists, was published from July 1840 through April 1844. It played a crucial role in the social and literary segment of the then America. ... More

Edgar Allan Poe and His Enemies  

Sandra Tomc

This chapter looks at the dozens of enemies Poe acquired in the course of his career. Instead of understanding these enemies as a phenomenon peculiar to Poe and his individual ... More

The Evangelical Novel  

Lisa Wood

This essay explores the development of the Evangelical novel in the early years of the nineteenth century. Drawing primarily on the novels of Barbara Hofland, Hannah More, and Mary ... More

The Gothic  

William Hughes

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter discusses the thematic antecedents of science fiction within the Gothic tradition of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Beginning with a reading of the two original ... More

Jane Talbot, a Novel  

Stephen Shapiro

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter traces the critical history of Charles Brockden Brown’s Jane Talbot from the dominant reception of it as a failed novel and a capitulation to a gendered consumer market and ... More

Lectures and the Lyceum Movement  

Kent P. Ljungquist

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article is about lectures and the lyceum movement. The lecture form has a long history that antedated the advent of a coherent network of public speaking. In its initial phase, the ... More

Letter Writing  

Robert N. Hudspeth

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
The letters the Transcendentalists wrote each other were a kind of literary performance; they were indirect and they were a verbal play. As the article explains, among the ... More

The Life and Legacy of “Civil Disobedience”  

Linck Johnson

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
“Civil Disobedience”, an essay by Henry Thoreau that was first published as “Resistance to Civil Government” in 1849, was one of only two written works on the topic of civil disobedience ... More

A Life in Print: 1831–1849  

Scott Peeples

From 1831, when he joined the Baltimore household of his aunt Maria Clemm, to his death in 1849, Poe’s life and career were inextricable from the print culture in which he immersed ... More

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