Master of Arts (MA)
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Kathryn H. Korgan
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Since Charles Brockden Brown published his first novels in the late eighteenth century, he has subsequently shifted back and forth, in importance, from the center to the periphery of the American literary canon. In recent years however, a dramatic increase in scholarship on Brown shows his significance is once again trending back toward the center of importance in this field. Scholarship has tended to coalesce around four topics which can be categorized as postcolonial expansion, the wild city, the distinction between the city and wildness, and identity. Looking closely at identity, although the discourse has done a thorough job of analyzing the conflict between Native Americans and European settlers, a gap has emerged specifically regarding the identify formation of the United States American citizen. Filling in this gap, an argument demonstrating how reading Edgar Huntly, within the broader context of all four of Brown’s Gothic romances, illustrates what Brown identifies as the requisite step to taking on a uniquely American identity, that of a United Sates Citizen. A deeper understanding of identity formation, in this context, serves to close this gap by adding new insight to this topic in Brown studies.
American; Brown; Conflict; Gothic; Identity; Romance
American Literature | Arts and Humanities | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sosa, Willie C., "The Transformation of Edgar Huntly: An American Awakening" (2020). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4083.
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