Dreaming Revolution: Transgression in the Development of American Romance
by Scott Bradfield
University of Iowa Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-87745-395-6 | eISBN: 978-1-58729-032-9
Library of Congress Classification PS374.P6B7 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.309358

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Dreaming Revolution usefully employs current critical theory to address how the European novel of class revolt was transformed into the American novel of imperial expansion. Bradfield shows that early American romantic fiction—including works by William Godwin, Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, and Edgar Allan Poe—can and should be considered as part of a genre too often limited to the nineteenth-century European novel. In a spirited discussion of the works from these four authors, Bradfield argues that Americans take the class dynamics of the European psychological novel and apply them to the American landscape, reimagining psychological spaces as geographical ones.



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