By Shirley Samuels
This Companion offers the present nation of feedback within the box of yank fiction from the earliest declarations of nationhood to secession and civil struggle.
- Draws seriously on old and cultural contexts in its attention of yank fiction
- Relates the fiction of the interval to conflicts approximately territory and sovereignty and to problems with gender, race, ethnicity and identity
- Covers diverse types of fiction, together with children’s literature, sketches, polemical items, ancient 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 themes, resembling the Western novel, technology and the radical, and American fiction in languages except English
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Franklin’s remarks anticipated more recent academic attempts to think through the relationship between fiction and democracy in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century United States. For the most part, these attempts have noted the correlation between the rise of the novel and the spread of democracy, even if the postrevolutionary escalation in the consumption and production of novels actually coincided with a well-documented series of attempts to limit the extension of the franchise.
A respectable, painstaking President . . This government can show today a dozen men of equal abilities’’ [p. 78]), he earns Madeline’s disapproval and opens the door to doubts about his character. She longs for heroic leadership, but she finds banal corruption. She hankers for Power, pure and uncontaminated, but finds instead personal interest and ethical ambiguity. Ratcliffe’s major moral lapses occur when he fails to distinguish his personal good from the good of his party or the country.
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