Coverart for item
The Resource Dreaming revolution : transgression in the development of American romance, Scott Bradfield

Dreaming revolution : transgression in the development of American romance, Scott Bradfield

Label
Dreaming revolution : transgression in the development of American romance
Title
Dreaming revolution
Title remainder
transgression in the development of American romance
Statement of responsibility
Scott Bradfield
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Dreaming Revolution usefully employs current critical theory to address how the European novel of class revolt was transformed into the American novel of imperial expansion. Bradfield shows that early American romantic fiction - including works by William Godwin, Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, and Edgar Allan Poe - can and should be considered as part of a genre too often limited to the Nineteenth-century European novel. Beginning with Godwin's Caleb Williams, Bradfield describes the ways in which revolution legitimates itself as a means of establishing Political consensus. For European revolutionaries like Godwin or Rousseau, the tyranny of the king must be replaced by the more indisputable authority of human reason. In other words, democratic revolution makes people free to investigate the same truths and arrive at the same democratic conclusions. In the American novel, however, the Enlightenment's idealized pursuit of abstract truth becomes restructured as a pursuit of abstract space. Instead of revealing knowledge, Americans explore further territories, manifest destiny, limitless regions of the yet-to-be-colonized and the still-to-be-known. In a spirited discussion of works by Brown, Cooper and Poe, Bradfield argues that Americans take the class dynamics of the European psychological novel and apply them to the American landscape, reimagining psychological spaces as geographical ones. Class distinctions become refigured in terms of the common people's pursuit of a meaning vaster than themselves - a meaning which leads them to imagine the always expanding body of colonial America. However, since class conflict is never successfully eliminated or forgotten, the memory of class struggle always reemerges in the narrative like a half-repressed dream of politics. In Dreaming Revolution, Bradfield reveals and interprets these dreams, opening these American novels to a richer and more rewarding reading
Action
digitized
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bradfield, Scott
Dewey number
813/.309358
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cooper, James Fenimore
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Brown, Charles Brockden
  • Godwin, William
  • Cooper, James Fenimore
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Brown, Charles Brockden
  • Godwin, William
  • American fiction
  • Politics and literature
  • Literature and society
  • Revolutionary literature, American
  • Political fiction, American
  • American fiction
  • Deviant behavior in literature
  • Social conflict in literature
  • Romanticism
  • Imperialism in literature
Label
Dreaming revolution : transgression in the development of American romance, Scott Bradfield
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-122) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The whole truth : Caleb Williams and the transgression of class -- The great sea-change : Edgar Huntly and the transgression of space -- James Fenimore Cooper and the return of the king -- Edgar Allan Poe and the exaltation of form
Control code
ocm44959703
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 125 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781587290329
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44959703
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Dreaming revolution : transgression in the development of American romance, Scott Bradfield
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-122) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The whole truth : Caleb Williams and the transgression of class -- The great sea-change : Edgar Huntly and the transgression of space -- James Fenimore Cooper and the return of the king -- Edgar Allan Poe and the exaltation of form
Control code
ocm44959703
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 125 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781587290329
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44959703
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

Library Locations

    • InternetBorrow it
      Albany, Auckland, 0632, NZ
Processing Feedback ...