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The Plight of Feeling: Sympathy and Dissent in the Early American Novel

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American novels written in the wake of the Revolution overflow with self-conscious theatricality and impassioned excess. In The Plight of Feeling, Julia A. Stern shows that these sentimental, melodramatic, and gothic works can be read as an emotional history of the early republic, reflecting the hate, anger, fear, and grief that tormented the Federalist era.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 24th 1997 by University Of Chicago Press (first published September 28th 1997)
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