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date: 21 July 2019

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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 complexity. It rewards them with the energetic effort of one writer to place in relation to one another the most pressing issues of his era, issues concerning race, gender, and political revolution. In the novel, Brown leverages one of the oldest forms of storytelling, the fairy tale, to describe a most modern predicament: how to adapt to a world that is constantly changing and within which once stable certainties are unraveling.

Keywords: Charles Brockden Brown, race, gender, revolution, formal criticism, Freudian theory, semiotic analysis, yellow fever, authorship

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