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Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America
Revolution and the Word is the classic study of the co-emergence of the U.S. nation and the new literary genre of the novel. The book remains the foundational study of reading, writing, and publishing in the new republic and provides a unique glimpse of the culture of early America. By looking at everything from publishers' account books to marginalia scrawled in ...more
Paperback, 458 pages
Published September 30th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1986)
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Historiography of the American Revolution, 1607-1800
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Nov 20, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
Revolution and the Word was published 26 years ago, which would usually render a work of history out-dated, but Cathy Davidson's analysis of the American novel before about 1820 still provides an entertaining and thought-provoking read this quarter-of-a-century later. This may be due to how relatively unknown most American novels from this time period are to today's reading public, myself included. Our "canon" tends to start with mid-19th-century authors, such as Hawthorne, Whitman or Melville. ...more
Cathy N. Davidson served from 1998 until 2006 as the first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, where she worked with faculty to help create many programs, including the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the program in Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS). She is the co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, HASTAC ...moreMore about Cathy N. Davidson...