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Literature, intertextuality, and the American Revolution : from Common Sense to "Rip Van Winkle"

Author: Steven Blakemore
Publisher: Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dealing with Thomas Paine's Common Sense (1776), John Trumbull's M'Fingal (1776-82), Philip Freneau's "The British-Prison Ship" (1781), J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer (1782), and Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" (1819-20), Steven Blakemore breaks new ground in assessing the strategies of subversion and intertextuality used during the American Revolution. Blakemore also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Blakemore
ISBN: 9781611475722 1611475724 9781611476965 1611476968 9781611475739 1611475732
OCLC Number: 792886193
Description: xviii, 141 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Demystifying metaphors: Paine's critique of British origins and the language of empire --
The world turned upside down: Scottish "second sight" and ironic inversion in John Trumbull's M'Fingal -Postscript: allusive appropriation and the emigration of virtue in M'Fingal --
Allegory, androgyny, and gender in Freneau's The British prison ship --
Crèvecoeur and the subversion of the American revolution --
Family resemblances: the texts and contexts of Rip Van Winkle.
Responsibility: Steven Blakemore.

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"Dealing with Thomas Paine's Common Sense (1776), John Trumbull's M'Fingal (1776-82), Philip Freneau's "The British-Prison Ship" (1781), J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer (1782), and Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" (1819-20), Steven Blakemore breaks new ground in assessing the strategies of subversion and intertextuality used during the American Revolution. Blakemore also crystallizes the historical contexts that link these works together - contexts that have been missed or overlooked by critics and scholars. The five works additionally illuminate issues of history (The Norman Conquest, the English Civil War, and the French Revolution) and gender as they impinge on American-revolutionary discourse. The result is five new readings of significant revolutionary-era works that suggest fruitful entries into other literatures of the Revolution. Blakemore demonstrates the nexus between literature and history in the revolutionary era and how it created an intertextual dialogue in the formation of the first postcolonial critiques of the British Empire."--Publisher's website.
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Blakemore asserts that the American Revolution was waged intertextually across and through "voluminous tissues of allusions" to shared modes of Anglo-American history and cultural representation-a Read more...

 
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