The Resource Democracy, revolution, and monarchism in early American literature, Paul Downes

Democracy, revolution, and monarchism in early American literature, Paul Downes

Label
Democracy, revolution, and monarchism in early American literature
Title
Democracy, revolution, and monarchism in early American literature
Statement of responsibility
Paul Downes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Paul Downes combines literary criticism and political history in order to explore responses to the rejection of monarchism in the American revolutionary era. Downes' analysis considers the Declaration of Independence, Franklin's Autobiography, Crevecoeur's Letters From An American Farmer, and the works of America's first significant literary figures including Brockden Brown, Washington Irving and James Fennimore Cooper. He claims that the new democratic American state and citizen inherited some of the complex features of absolute monarchy, even as they were strenuously trying to assert their difference from it. In chapters that consider the revolution's mock execution of George III, the Elizabethan notion of the 'king's two bodies', and the political significance of the secret ballot, Downes points to the traces of monarchical political structures within the practices and discourses of early American democracy. This is an ambitious study of an important theme in early American culture and society
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
810.9/358
Index
index present
LC call number
PS193
LC item number
.D69 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Series volume
no. 130
Label
Democracy, revolution, and monarchism in early American literature, Paul Downes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-236) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Monarchophobia: reading the mock executions of 1776 -- Crèvecoeur's revolutionary loyalism -- Citizen subjects: the memoirs of Stephen Burroughs and Benjamin Franklin -- An epistemology of the ballot box: Brockden Brown's secrets -- Luxury, effeminacy, corruption: Irving and the gender of democracy -- Afterword: the revolution's last word
Control code
ocm52613627
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 239 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780521813396
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b21994572
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)52613627
  • cbo0511020554

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