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Author Patterson, Mark R., 1952-

Title Authority, Autonomy, and Representation in American Literature, 1776-1865
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (280 pages)
Series Princeton Legacy Library
Princeton legacy library.
Contents Cover; Contents; Part 1. The Post-Revolutionary Period; Part 2. The Antebellum Period
Summary From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, a familiar scene appears and reappears in American literature: a speaker stands before a crowd of men and women, attempting to mitigate their natural suspicions in order to form a body of federated wills. In this important study of the relationship of literature and politics, Mark Patterson argues that this scene restates political issues in literary terms and embodies the essential problems of American democracy facing both politicians and writers: What is autonomy? How does representation work? Where does true authority lie? Beginning with the
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Subject American literature -- 1783-1850 -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- History and criticism
Authority in literature.
Autonomy in literature.
Politics and literature -- United States.
Representative government and representation in literature.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Literature and the revolution.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 140085962X electronic bk
9781400859627 electronic bk