Over the past few decades, the writings of Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) have reclaimed a place of prominence in the American literary canon. Yet despite the explosion of teaching, research, and an ever-increasing number of doctoral dissertations, there remains no up-to-date overview of Brown's work.The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown provides a state-of-the-art survey of the life and writings of Charles Brockden Brown, a key writer of the Atlantic revolutionary age and U.S. Early Republic. The seven novels he published during his lifetime are now studied for their narrative complexity, innovations in genre, and social-political commentaries on life in early America and the revolutionary Atlantic. Through the late twentieth century, Brown was best known as an author of political romances in the gothic mode that proved to be widely influential in romantic era, and has generated large amounts of scholarship as a crucial figure in the history of the American novel. This Handbook extends its focus beyond the well-known novels to address the full range of Brown's prolific literary career.The Handbook includes original essays on all of Brown's fiction and nonfiction writings, and offers new interpretations of the contexts of his work: from the literary, social, political, and economic to the scientific, commercial, and religious. The thirty-five contributors in this volume speak in new ways about Brown's depictions of literary theory, social justice, sexuality, and property relations, as well as colonialism, slavery, Native Americans, and women's rights. Brown's perspectives on American and global history, emerging modernity, selfhood and otherness, and other topics, are explained in comprehensible and up-to-date terms. In addition to opening up new avenues of research, The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown provides the intellectual foundations needed to understand Brown's enduring impact and literary legacy.
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List of AbbreviationsNotes on ContributorsIntroductionPhilip Barnard, Hilary Emmet, and Stephen ShapiroI. Biography 1. Early Years, 1771-1795Lisa West2. Later Years, 1795-1810Bryan WatermanII. Romances3. Wieland; or, the Transformation of American Literary HistoryDuncan Faherty4. Ormond; or, The Secret WitnessNicholas E. Miller5. Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793Michael J. Drexler6. Felons and Fallacies: An Antipodean Edgar HuntlyHilary Emmett7. Stephen Calvert's Unfinished BusinessChristopher Looby8. Clara Howard; In a Series of LettersPhilip Barnard9. Jane Talbot, A NovelStephen ShapiroIII. The History-Fiction Nexus10. History, Romance, and the NovelGretchen J. Woertendyke11. Historical SketchesPhilip Barnard12. Political PamphletsStephen Shapiro13. "Annals of Europe and America" and Brown's Contribution toEarly American PeriodicalsMark L. KamrathIV. Writings in Other Genres14. LettersElizabeth Hewitt15. PoetryMichael C. Cohen16. Short FictionScott SlawinskiV) Politics and the World-System17. Brown and the WoldwinitesAbigail Smith Stocker18. Brown and Women's RightsFritz Fleischmann19. Slavery, Abolition, and African Americans in BrownLeonard von Morzé20. Brown's Philadelphia Quaker MilieuRobert Battistini21. Brown, the Illuminati, and the Public SphereAnthony Galluzzo22. Brown, Empire, and ColonialismAndy DoolenVI) The Body and Medical Knowledges 23. Brown and PhysiologyStephen Rachman24. Brown and Yellow FeverScott Ellis25. Brown and SexJordan Alexander SteinVII) Literary Forms, Aesthetics, and Culture26. Brown's American GothicRobert Miles27. Brown, Sensibility, and SentimentalismMichelle Burnham28. Brown and the Novel in the Atlantic WorldSiân Silyn Roberts29. Brown and ClassicismOliver Scheiding30. Brown's Studies in GeographyMartin Brückner31. Brown, the Visual Arts, and ArchitectureSarah BoydVIII) Reception32. Brown's Literary AfterlifeEzra Tawil33. Brown's Early Biographers and Reception, 1815-1940sMichael A. Cody34. Brown's Later Biographers and Reception, 1949-2sElizabeth Jane Wall Hinds35. Brown Studies Now and in TransitionHannah Lauren MurrayIndex