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Conspiracy and Romance

Conspiracy and Romance
Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: November 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521366540

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  • Robert Levine has examined the American romance in a historical context. His book offers a fresh reading of the genre, establishing its importance to American culture between the founding of the republic and the Civil war. With convincing historical and literary detail, Levine shows that anxieties about various subversive elements - French revolutionaries, secret societies, Catholic immigrants, African slaves - are central to the fictional worlds of Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne and Melville. Ormond, The Bravo, The Blithedale Romance, and Benito Cereno are persuasively explicated by Levine to demonstrate that the romance addressed many of the same conflicts and ideals that gave rise to the American republic. Americans conceived of America as a romance, and their romances dramatised the historical conditions of the culture, The fear that conspiracies would subvert the order and integrity of the new nation were recurrent and widespread; Levine makes us see that these fears informed the works of our major romance writers from the turn of the century until the Civil War.

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    • Date Published: November 1989
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521366540
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. 'The defencelessness of her condition': Villainy and Vulnerability in Charles Brockden Brown's Ormond
    2. 'Souless Corporation
    : Oligarchy and the Countersubversive Presence in James Fenimore Cooper's The Bravo
    3. 'A confusion of popish and protestant emblems': Insiders and Outsiders in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance
    4. 'Follow you Leader': Captains and Mutineers in Herman Melville's Benito Cereno
    Epilogue
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Robert S. Levine

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