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The fabrication of American literature : fraudulence and antebellum print culture

Author: Lara Langer Cohen
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012.
Series: Material texts.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Literary histories typically celebrate the antebellum period as marking the triumphant emergence of American literature. But the period's readers and writers tell a different story: they derided literature as a fraud, an imposture, and a humbug, and they likened it to inflated currency, land bubbles, and quack medicine. Excavating a rich archive of magazine fiction, verse satires, comic almanacs, false slave  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)724643659
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lara Langer Cohen
ISBN: 9780812205190 0812205197
OCLC Number: 793012719
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction. American Literary Fraudulence --
Chapter 1. ''One Vast Perambulating Humbug'': Literary Nationalism and the Rise of the Puffing System --
Chapter 2. Backwoods and Blackface: The Strange Careers of Davy Crockett and Jim Crow --
Chapter 3. ''Slavery Never Can Be Represented'': James Williams and the Racial Politics of Imposture --
Chapter 4. Mediums of Exchange: Fanny Fern's Unoriginality --
Conclusion. The Confidence Man on a Large Scale --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Index --
Acknowledgments.
Series Title: Material texts.
Responsibility: Lara Langer Cohen.
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