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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:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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
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.


Dealing with five significant works of the American-Revolution era (1776-1820), the book crystallizes strategies of subversion in an intertextual war by authors reformulating the histories of other  Read more...
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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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