Literature, Intertextuality, and the American Revolution

Literature, Intertextuality, and the American Revolution

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Dealing with Thomas Paine's Common Sense (1776), John Trumbull's M'Fingal (1776-82), Philip Freneau's qThe British-Prison Shipq (1781), J. Hector St. John de CrAuvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer (1782), and Washington Irving's qRip Van Winkleq (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 a€“ 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.In my essay, I begin a recovery of the specific historical texts and contexts that underwrite the first story in Irvinga#39;s ... to question the Revolution he is overtly celebrating, I illustrate how this questioning becomes a thematic blurring through whichanbsp;...

Title:Literature, Intertextuality, and the American Revolution
Author: Steven Blakemore
Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson - 2012-08-31

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