Quixotic Fictions Of The Usa 1792-1815

Hardcover | October 15, 2005

bySarah F. Wood

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Quixotic Fictions of the USA 1792-1815 explores the conflicted and conflicting interpretations of Don Quixote available to and deployed by disenchanted writers of America's new republic. It argues that the legacy of Don Quixote provided an ambiguous cultural icon and ironic narrative stancethat enabled authors to critique with impunity the ideological fictions shoring up their fractured republic. Close readings of works such as Modern Chivalry, Female Quixotism, and The Algerine Captive reveal that the fiction from this period repeatedly engaged with Cervantes's narrative in order totest competing interpretations of republicanism, to interrogate the new republic's multivalent crises of authority, and to question both the possibility and the desirability of an isolationist USA and an autonomous 'American' literature. Sarah Wood's study is the first book-length publication to examine the role of Don Quixote in early American literature. Exploring the extent to which the literary culture of North America was shaped by a diverse range of influences, it addresses an issue of growing concern to scholars of Americanhistory and literature. Quixotic Fictions reaffirms the global reach of Cervantes's influence and explores the complex, contradictory ways in which Don Quixote helped shape American fiction at a formative moment in its development.

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Quixotic Fictions of the USA 1792-1815 explores the conflicted and conflicting interpretations of Don Quixote available to and deployed by disenchanted writers of America's new republic. It argues that the legacy of Don Quixote provided an ambiguous cultural icon and ironic narrative stancethat enabled authors to critique with impunity...

Sarah Wood is a Leverhulme Fellow and Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Sussex.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:October 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199273154

ISBN - 13:9780199273157

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1. An 'Inconsistent Discourse': iDon Quixote/i in British Letters2. Transatlantic Cervantics: iDon Quixote/i in the New Republic3. City on the Hill, Quixote in the Cave: The Politics of Retreat in the Fiction of Hugh Henry Brackenridge4. An Alien's Act of Sedition: 'Trans-atlantic peculiarities' and North African Attachments in iThe Algerine Captive/i5. Private Properties, Public Nuisance: iArthur Mervyn/i and the Rise and Fall of a Republican Quixote6. Nobody's Dulcinea: Romantic Fictions and Republican Mothers in Tabitha Gilman Tenney's iFemale Quixotism/i7. The Underwhelming History of America's Overbearing Fathers: iA History of New York, From the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty/i