The Early Republic: Forms and Readers

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to American Literature and Culture
EditorsPaul Lauter
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780631208921
StatePublished - Mar 16 2010


  • "The Colonies" section, organized regionally, with Benjamin Franklin serving as the link forward to "The Republic"
  • American arts and art institutions -undergoing a distinct historical process
  • From Nina Baym's Woman's Fiction to Jane Tompkins's Sensational Designs -to first editions of the Heath Anthology
  • From literary canon to actually existing archive
  • Revolutionary pamphlet, post-revolutionary novel and proto-liberal republic
  • Susanna Rowson's Charlotte -A Tale of Truth, claimed as an American classic
  • The Evans Bibliography of Early American Imprints -everything printed in America from 1639 to 1800
  • The Federalist' "unmeaning sentences" and "long-winded disquisitions," bemoaning the reader's "fatigue"
  • The early Republic -forms and readers
  • Theories of cultural access, Charles Wilson Peale's famous self-portrait, The Artist in His Museum -Rip Van Winkle of American painting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

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