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The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture
Countering assumptions about early American print culture and challenging our scholarly fixation on the novel, Jared Gardner reimagines the early American magazine as a rich literary culture that operated as a model for nation-building by celebrating editorship over authorship and serving as a virtual salon in which citizens were invited to share their different ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by University of Illinois Press
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 22, 2012 Jonathan rated it liked it
In the standard reckoning, the novel belongs to "liberal" society; it reflects private, interior, and typically female experience and thus is uncongenial to robust republican conceptions of citizenship. In early America, the novel could not properly emerge until the revolutionary republican ferment subsided. Until then, American fiction was either painfully didactic or incoherent, and the dominant form of writing was the newspaper article. To modern eyes, then, postrevolutionary America was a ...more