Abstract

White examines two Jeffersonian era texts, Charles Brockden Brown's unfinished "Historical Sketches" and William Jenks's Memoir of the Northern Kingdom, in order to explore what literary texts might tell us about the waning of republicanism as a literary and political force. Both works in question combine historical pessimism and counterfactual history to suggest that republicanism had become (and may have always been) a literary lexicon.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-0620
Print ISSN
0275-1275
Pages
pp. 179-199
Launched on MUSE
2010-04-28
Open Access
No
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