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|Named Person:||Charles Brockden Brown; Charles Brockden Brown; Charles Brockden Brown; Charles Brockden Brown|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|Description:||xi, 208 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Ch. 1. The Condition of Our Country --
Ch. 2. Toward an American Romance --
Ch. 3. Wieland: Domestic Depravity and the Extraordinary Silence --
Ch. 4. Ormond: Fever in the Land --
Ch. 5. Arthur Mervyn: Sickness, Success, and the Recompense of Virtue --
Ch. 6. Edgar Huntly: Somnambulism vs. Self-Knowledge --
Ch. 7. Charles Brockden Brown and the American Romance.
The Apparition in the Glass, follows Brown's lead, exploring the ways in which his novels reflected America during the 1790s - an America that was proud of its newly achieved status as an independent republic but was also plagued by spiritual doubts, social dilemmas, and volatile postrevolutionary tensions. These doubts, dilemmas, and tensions, Christophersen suggests, are the novels' latent subjects. At their best, he argues, Brown's fictions "hold up the glass to this.
many-layered and parlous cultural self." In close readings of Brown's Gothic novels, Christophersen traces the specific links between the texts and a society in which flux and revolutions of fortune are the rule rather than the exception. He examines Wieland in light of the factionalization that was peaking during 1798, when Brown was writing the book, and the religious anxieties of the Second Great Awakening that were just beginning to manifest themselves beneath the.
revival tent. He treats Ormond, with its yellow-fever plague and the French seducer-villain, as an allegory of America's revolutionary and postrevolutionary history. Arthur Mervyn he suggests, projects doubts about a utilitarian approach to moral concerns and expresses fear of an enslaved underclass. He sees Edgar Huntly as an exploration of the debate about human nature in the late eighteenth century - a philosophical debate of importance to a nation Brown repeatedly.
depicted as asleep to her darker self. Taking its title from Arthur Mervyn in which an apparition leaps, as it were, from a mirror to knock its protagonist cold, this study suggests that Brown's overriding concern was to alert his culture to its grotesque alter ego and to investigate that alter ego.
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