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By Shirley Samuels

This Companion offers the present kingdom of feedback within the box of yankee fiction from the earliest declarations of nationhood to secession and civil conflict.

  • Draws seriously on ancient and cultural contexts in its attention of yankee fiction
  • Relates the fiction of the interval to conflicts approximately territory and sovereignty and to problems with gender, race, ethnicity and identity
  • Covers varied types of fiction, together with children’s literature, sketches, polemical items, ancient romances, Gothic novels and novels of exploration
  • Considers either canonical and lesser-known authors, together with James Fennimore Cooper, Hannah Foster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Treats overlooked issues, resembling the Western novel, technological know-how and the radical, and American fiction in languages except English

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Webster, Noah (1790). A Collection of Essays and Fugitive Writings on Moral, Historical, Political, and Literary Subjects. Boston: I. Thomas & E. T. Andrews. Winans, Robert (1975). ’’ Early American Literature 9, 268–75. Wood, Gordon S. (1972). The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787. New York: Norton. Wood, Sarah Sayward (1800). Julia, and The Illuminated Baron. A Novel: Founded on recent Facts Which have Transpired in the Course of the Late revolution of Moral Principles in France. Portsmouth, NH: Charles Peirce.

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