Gothic Subjects: The Transformation of Individualism in American Fiction, 1790-1861

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Apr 24, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
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Silyn Roberts turns our previous understanding of gothic literature inside out, arguing that the gothic conventions imported from Britain were appropriated by American writers to offer the early republic a vision of what American character might ultimately be.

  

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Contents

The Gothic Enlightenment
1
The American Transformation of the British Individual
28
Captivity Incorporation and the Politics of Going Native
59
Common Sense and the Problem of Local Culture
86
Population and the Limits of Civil Society in Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter
115
Writing Race as the BioNovel
140
Epilogue
165
Notes
173
Bibliography
211
Index
231
Acknowledgments
237
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About the author (2014)

Sian Silyn Roberts teaches English at Queens College, CUNY.

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