The Resource The romance of real life : Charles Brockden Brown and the origins of American culture, Steven Watts

The romance of real life : Charles Brockden Brown and the origins of American culture, Steven Watts

Label
The romance of real life : Charles Brockden Brown and the origins of American culture
Title
The romance of real life
Title remainder
Charles Brockden Brown and the origins of American culture
Statement of responsibility
Steven Watts
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Among the leading writers of the early republic, Charles Brockden Brown often appears as a romantic prototype - the brilliant, alienated author rejected by a utilitarian, materialistic American society. In The Romance of Real Life Steven Watts reinterprets Brown's life and work as a complex case study in the emerging culture of capitalism at the dawn of the nineteenth century
  • Offering a revisionist view of Brown himself, Watts examines the major novels of the 1790s as well as previously neglected sources - from early essays and private letters to late-career forays into journalism, political pamphleteering, serial fiction, and cultural criticism. The result is a fuller picture of Brown as a man of letters in post-Revolutionary America, a man who rigorously analyzed the public and private vagaries of individual agency
  • His notoriously volatile private life, it turns out, in many ways flowed from a critique of market society and its impulses
  • Watts also shows how Brown's experience was central to broader developments: the rise of the novel in America, the development of gender and family formulations, the clash between republican "virtue" and liberal "self-interest," and the origins of a bourgeois creed of self-control. Perhaps most importantly, he explains how Brown helped articulate a notion of "culture" itself as a civilizing force to restrain restless liberal individualism
  • The Romance of Real Life shows how a sensitive, prolific writer confronted, wrestled with, and ultimately promoted the emergence of a liberal society in nineteenth-century America
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Watts, Steven
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1136
LC item number
.W35 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brown, Charles Brockden
  • Brown, Charles Brockden
  • Brown, Charles Brockden
  • Authors and readers
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Novelists, American
  • Authorship
  • Romanticism
  • Cultuur
  • Authors and readers
  • Authorship
  • Civilization
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Novelists, American
  • Romanticism
  • Cultuur
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The romance of real life : Charles Brockden Brown and the origins of American culture, Steven Watts
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Novel and the Market in the Early Republic -- 2. The Lawyer and the Rhapsodist -- 3. The Young Artist as Social Visionary -- 4. The Major Novels (I): Fiction and Fragmentation -- 5. The Major Novels (II): Deception and Disintegration -- 6. The Writer as Bourgeois Moralist -- 7. The Writer and the Liberal Ego
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 246 pages
Isbn
9780801846861
Lccn
93011601
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28498476
  • (OCoLC)ocm28498476
Label
The romance of real life : Charles Brockden Brown and the origins of American culture, Steven Watts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Novel and the Market in the Early Republic -- 2. The Lawyer and the Rhapsodist -- 3. The Young Artist as Social Visionary -- 4. The Major Novels (I): Fiction and Fragmentation -- 5. The Major Novels (II): Deception and Disintegration -- 6. The Writer as Bourgeois Moralist -- 7. The Writer and the Liberal Ego
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 246 pages
Isbn
9780801846861
Lccn
93011601
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28498476
  • (OCoLC)ocm28498476

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