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The Resource The Romance of Real Life : Charles Brockden Brown and the Origins of American Culture, Steven Watts, (electronic resource)

The Romance of Real Life : Charles Brockden Brown and the Origins of American Culture, Steven Watts, (electronic resource)

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The Romance of Real Life : Charles Brockden Brown and the Origins of American Culture
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The Romance of Real Life
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Charles Brockden Brown and the Origins of American Culture
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Steven Watts
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eng
Summary
  • The Romance of Real Life shows how a sensitive, prolific writer confronted, wrestled with, and ultimately promoted the emergence of a liberal society in nineteenth-century America
  • Watts also shows how Brown's experience was central to broader developments: the rise of the novel in America, the development of gender and family formulations, the clash between republican "virtue" and liberal "self-interest," and the origins of a bourgeois creed of self-control. Perhaps most importantly, he explains how Brown helped articulate a notion of "culture" itself as a civilizing force to restrain restless liberal individualism
  • His notoriously volatile private life, it turns out, in many ways flowed from a critique of market society and its impulses
  • Offering a revisionist view of Brown himself, Watts examines the major novels of the 1790s as well as previously neglected sources - from early essays and private letters to late-career forays into journalism, political pamphleteering, serial fiction, and cultural criticism. The result is a fuller picture of Brown as a man of letters in post-Revolutionary America, a man who rigorously analyzed the public and private vagaries of individual agency
  • Among the leading writers of the early republic, Charles Brockden Brown often appears as a romantic prototype - the brilliant, alienated author rejected by a utilitarian, materialistic American society. In The Romance of Real Life Steven Watts reinterprets Brown's life and work as a complex case study in the emerging culture of capitalism at the dawn of the nineteenth century
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1952-
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Watts, Steven
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Brown, Charles Brockden
  • Brown, Charles Brockden
  • Brown, Charles Brockden
  • Cultuur
  • Romanticism
  • Novelists, American
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Civilization
  • Authorship
  • Authors and readers
  • Romanticism
  • Authorship
  • Novelists, American
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Authors and readers
  • United States
  • United States
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The Romance of Real Life : Charles Brockden Brown and the Origins of American Culture, Steven Watts, (electronic resource)
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  • Open access edition supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program
  • The text of this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-241) and index
Contents
1. The Novel and the Market in the Early Republic -- 2. The Lawyer and the Rhapsodist -- 3. The Young Artist as Social Visionary -- 4. The Major Novels (I): Fiction and Fragmentation -- 5. The Major Novels (II): Deception and Disintegration -- 6. The Writer as Bourgeois Moralist -- 7. The Writer and the Liberal Ego
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ssj0002291018
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unknown
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1 online resource (1 online resource xviii, 246 pages)
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online
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Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781421436043
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0002291018
Label
The Romance of Real Life : Charles Brockden Brown and the Origins of American Culture, Steven Watts, (electronic resource)
Note
  • Open access edition supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program
  • The text of this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-241) and index
Contents
1. The Novel and the Market in the Early Republic -- 2. The Lawyer and the Rhapsodist -- 3. The Young Artist as Social Visionary -- 4. The Major Novels (I): Fiction and Fragmentation -- 5. The Major Novels (II): Deception and Disintegration -- 6. The Writer as Bourgeois Moralist -- 7. The Writer and the Liberal Ego
Control code
ssj0002291018
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 online resource xviii, 246 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781421436043
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002291018

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