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Transatlantic insurrections : British culture and the formation of American literature, 1730-1860 / Paul Giles.

Giles, Paul. (Author).
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Subject: American literature > English influences.
American literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
United States > Civilization > British influences.
English literature > Appreciation > United States.
United States > Relations > Great Britain.
Great Britain > Relations > United States.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0585436231
  • ISBN: 9780585436234
  • ISBN: 9780812200690
  • ISBN: 0812200691
  • ISBN: 1283211165
  • ISBN: 9781283211161
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (262 pages)
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2001.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-253) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction. British-American literature: paradoxical constitutions, civil wars -- The art of sinking: Alexander Pope and Mather Byles -- Topsy-turvy neoclassicism: the Connecticut wits -- From allegory to exchange: Richardson and Franklin -- The culture of sensibility: Jefferson, Sterne, and Burke -- "Another world must be unfurled": Jane Austen and America -- Burlesques of civility: Washington Irving -- Perverse reflections: Hawthorne and Trollope -- Conclusion. Transatlantic perspectives: Poe and Equiano.
Summary, etc.: Selected byChoicemagazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2001Paul Giles traces the paradoxical relations between English and American literature from 1730 through 1860, suggesting how the formation of a literary tradition in each national culture was deeply dependent upon negotiation with its transatlantic counterpart. Using the American Revolution as the fulcrum of his argument, Giles describes how the impulse to go beyond conventions of British culture was crucial in the establishment of a distinct identity for American literature. Similarly, he explains the consolidation of British cultural identity partly as a response to the need to suppress the memory and consequences of defeat in the American revolutionary wars. Giles ranges over neglected American writers such as Mather Byles and the Connecticut Wits as well as better-known figures like Franklin, Jefferson, Irving, and Hawthorne. He reads their texts alongside those of British authors such as Pope, Richardson, Equiano, Austen, and Trollope. Taking issue with more established utopian narratives of American literature, Transatlantic Insurrectionsanalyzes how elements of blasphemous, burlesque humor entered into the making of the subject.
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Note: 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.
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Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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