Covenant and Republic: Historical Romance and the Politics of Puritanism by Philip GouldCovenant and Republic: Historical Romance and the Politics of Puritanism by Philip Gould

Covenant and Republic: Historical Romance and the Politics of Puritanism

byPhilip Gould

Paperback | June 11, 2009

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Covenant and Republic investigates the cultural politics of historical memory in the early American republic, specifically the historical literature of Puritanism. By situating historical writing about Puritanism in the context of the cultural forces of Republicanism and liberalism, this study reconsiders the emergence of the historical romance in the 1820s, before the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne. This book not only aids the Americanist recovery of this literary period, but also brings together literary studies of historical fiction and historical scholarship of early Republican political culture; in doing so, it offers a persuasive new account of just what is at stake when one reads literature of and about the past.
Title:Covenant and Republic: Historical Romance and the Politics of PuritanismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:June 11, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521555329

ISBN - 13:9780521555326

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The new Ebenezer: republican virtue, the puritan fathers, and early national history-writing; 2. Catharine Sedgwick's 'Recital' of the Pequot War; 3. Refashioning the Republic: gender, ideology, and the politics of virtue in Hobomok and Hope Leslie; 4. The Hive of America: James Fenimore Cooper's The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish and the History of King Philip's War; 5. Witch-hunting and the politics of reason; Notes; Index.

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"An ambitious and well-researched first book that encompasses an immense body of historiography and fiction, it reconfigures scholarship on early national culture in important ways. These contributions will no doubt earn Covenant and Republic respected place in the canon of American culture studies." Carolyn L. Karcher, Modern Philology