Writing the Rebellion: Loyalists and the Literature of Politics in British America

Writing the Rebellion: Loyalists and the Literature of Politics in British America

by Philip Gould
ISBN-10:
0190494468
ISBN-13:
9780190494469
Pub. Date:
04/15/2016
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN-10:
0190494468
ISBN-13:
9780190494469
Pub. Date:
04/15/2016
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Writing the Rebellion: Loyalists and the Literature of Politics in British America

Writing the Rebellion: Loyalists and the Literature of Politics in British America

by Philip Gould

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Overview

Traditional literary histories of Revolutionary-era America tend to privilege the works of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and other ardent Patriots eager to see the thirteen colonies sever all ties with the British Crown. Yet the literature produced by Loyalists—the faction of colonists opposed to severing ties with Britain—made up an equally important part of the nation's burgeoning literary culture. With ample attention to both Loyalists and Patriots, Writing the Rebellion reveals the complicated ways colonial Americans sought to reconstruct their English identities at a moment of political crisis, when the British Empire was falling apart in North America.

Employing the methods of transatlantic literary studies, postcolonial theory, and the history of the book, Philip Gould considers how British Americans coped with what amounted to a cultural identity crisis. Each chapter addresses an important subject of literary history and literary form—sublime writing, wit, balladry, satire and burlesque, questions of authorship, and regional identification—to show how the literature of politics operated simultaneously as the site where aesthetic and cultural matters were also contested and reconfigured. By re-mapping the literature of revolutionary politics in this way, and accounting for the Loyalist presence in political debate, Writing the Rebellion offers a new literary and cultural history, not of the American Revolution but of an "American Rebellion."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190494469
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Series: Oxford Studies in American Literary History
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Philip Gould is Nicholas Brown Professor of Oratory and Belles Lettres at Brown University. He is the author of Covenant and Republic: Historical Romance and the Politics of Puritanism and Barbaric Traffic: Commerce and Antislavery in the 18th-Century Atlantic World.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Stamp Act Crisis and the Sublime Style of Politics

Chapter 2: Wit and Ridicule in Revolutionary New York

Chapter 3: Satirizing the Congress: Ancient Balladry and Literary Taste

Chapter 4: Loyalists and the Author of Common Sense

Chapter 5: New English Rebellion

Epilogue
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