The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown: Radical History and the Early Republic Mark L. Kamrath

ISBN: 9781606350324

Published: April 15th 2010

Hardcover

332 pages


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The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown: Radical History and the Early Republic  by  Mark L. Kamrath

The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown: Radical History and the Early Republic by Mark L. Kamrath
April 15th 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 332 pages | ISBN: 9781606350324 | 9.29 Mb

The novels of Charles Brockden Brown, the most accomplished literary figure in early America, redefined the gothic genre and helped shape some of Americas greatest writers, including Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.MoreThe novels of Charles Brockden Brown, the most accomplished literary figure in early America, redefined the gothic genre and helped shape some of Americas greatest writers, including Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

However, little has been said about the latter years of Browns career. While his early novels are celebrated for their innovative and experimental style, Browns later historical narratives are often dismissed as uninteresting, and Brown himself has been accused of having become a stodgy conservative. Through a re-examination of these neglected historical writings, Mark L.

Kamrath takes a fresh look at Browns later career and his role in the cultural politics of the early national period. This interdisciplinary study uses transatlantic historical contexts and recent narrative discourse to unveil Browns philosophic inquires into the filiopietistic tradition of historiography and increasingly imperialistic notion of American exceptionalism.

It recovers a forgotten debate--and radical position--about the nature of historical truth and representation and opens up for contemporary discussion what it means to write about the past.



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