The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown

The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown


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Over the past few decades, the writings of Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) have reclaimed a place of prominence in the American literary canon. Yet despite the explosion of teaching, research, and an ever-increasing number of doctoral dissertations, there remains no up-to-date overview of Brown's work.

The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown provides a state-of-the-art survey of the life and writings of Charles Brockden Brown, a key writer of the Atlantic revolutionary age and U.S. Early Republic. The seven novels he published during his lifetime are now studied for their narrative complexity, innovations in genre, and social-political commentaries on life in early America and the revolutionary Atlantic. Through the late twentieth century, Brown was best known as an author of political romances in the gothic mode that proved to be widely influential in romantic era, and has generated large amounts of scholarship as a crucial figure in the history of the American novel. This Handbook extends its focus beyond the well-known novels to address the full range of Brown's prolific literary career.

The Handbook includes original essays on all of Brown's fiction and nonfiction writings, and offers new interpretations of the contexts of his work: from the literary, social, political, and economic to the scientific, commercial, and religious. The thirty-five contributors in this volume speak in new ways about Brown's depictions of literary theory, social justice, sexuality, and property relations, as well as colonialism, slavery, Native Americans, and women's rights. Brown's perspectives on American and global history, emerging modernity, selfhood and otherness, and other topics, are explained in comprehensible and up-to-date terms. In addition to opening up new avenues of research, The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown provides the intellectual foundations needed to understand Brown's enduring impact and literary legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199860067
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/12/2019
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Philip Barnard is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Kansas. He has published editions of the four canonical romances of Charles Brockden Brown and is currently Textual Editor of the Brown electronic archive and Bucknell Collected Writings of Charles Brockden Brown edition.

Hilary Emmett is Senior Lecturer in American Studies (Literature and Culture) in the Department of American Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Stephen Shapiro is Professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. A member of the Warwick Research Collective (WReC), he has published more than 15 books and editions.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Notes on Contributors
Philip Barnard, Hilary Emmet, and Stephen Shapiro

I. Biography
1. Early Years, 1771-1795
Lisa West

2. Later Years, 1795-1810
Bryan Waterman

II. Romances
3. Wieland; or, the Transformation of American Literary History
Duncan Faherty

4. Ormond; or, The Secret Witness
Nicholas E. Miller

5. Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793
Michael J. Drexler

6. Felons and Fallacies: An Antipodean Edgar Huntly
Hilary Emmett

7. Stephen Calvert's Unfinished Business
Christopher Looby

8. Clara Howard; In a Series of Letters
Philip Barnard

9. Jane Talbot, A Novel
Stephen Shapiro

III. The History-Fiction Nexus
10. History, Romance, and the Novel
Gretchen J. Woertendyke

11. Historical Sketches
Philip Barnard

12. Political Pamphlets
Stephen Shapiro

13. "Annals of Europe and America" and Brown's Contribution to
Early American Periodicals
Mark L. Kamrath

IV. Writings in Other Genres

14. Letters
Elizabeth Hewitt

15. Poetry
Michael C. Cohen

16. Short Fiction
Scott Slawinski

V) Politics and the World-System
17. Brown and the Woldwinites
Abigail Smith Stocker

18. Brown and Women's Rights
Fritz Fleischmann

19. Slavery, Abolition, and African Americans in Brown
Leonard von Morz

20. Brown's Philadelphia Quaker Milieu
Robert Battistini

21. Brown, the Illuminati, and the Public Sphere
Anthony Galluzzo

22. Brown, Empire, and Colonialism
Andy Doolen

VI) The Body and Medical Knowledges
23. Brown and Physiology
Stephen Rachman

24. Brown and Yellow Fever
Scott Ellis

25. Brown and Sex
Jordan Alexander Stein

VII) Literary Forms, Aesthetics, and Culture
26. Brown's American Gothic
Robert Miles

27. Brown, Sensibility, and Sentimentalism
Michelle Burnham

28. Brown and the Novel in the Atlantic World
Si n Silyn Roberts

29. Brown and Classicism
Oliver Scheiding

30. Brown's Studies in Geography
Martin Br ckner

31. Brown, the Visual Arts, and Architecture
Sarah Boyd

VIII) Reception
32. Brown's Literary Afterlife
Ezra Tawil

33. Brown's Early Biographers and Reception, 1815-1940s
Michael A. Cody

34. Brown's Later Biographers and Reception, 1949-2s
Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds

35. Brown Studies Now and in Transition
Hannah Lauren Murray


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