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Cultural Secrets as Narrative Form: Storytelling in Nineteenth-Century America examines the interplay between the familiar and the forgotten in tales of America’s first century as a nation. By studying both the common concerns and the rising tensions between the known and the unknown, the told and the untold, this book offers readers new insight into the making of a nation through stories. Here, identity is built not so much through the winnowing competition of perspectives as through the cumulative layering of stories, derived from sources as diverse as rumors circulating in early patriot newspapers and the highest achievements of aesthetic culture. And yet this is not a source study: the interaction of texts is reciprocal, and the texts studied are not simply complementary but often jarring in their interrelations. The result is a new model of just how some of America’s central episodes of self-definition—the Puritan legacy, the Revolutionary War, and the Western frontier—have achieved near mythic force in the national imagination. The most powerful myths of national identity, this author argues, are not those that erase historical facts but those able to transform such facts into their own deep resources.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Storyteller in American National Romance
  2. p. xi
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  1. Part 1. Imagining Cultural Origins in James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. Storytelling on the Neutral Ground
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 2. The Creation of American Martyrs
  2. pp. 12-35
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  1. 3. From Revolutionary Legend to Historical Romance
  2. pp. 36-48
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  1. 4. Remembering the Revolution in The Spy
  2. pp. 49-68
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  1. Part 2. History's Revolutions in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. 5. The Artifact in the Attic
  2. pp. 71-80
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  1. 6. New England's Revolution in Hiding
  2. pp. 81-97
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  1. 7. Hester Prynne's Ancestry
  2. pp. 98-105
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  1. 8. From Artifact to Archetype
  2. pp. 106-132
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  1. Part 3. "Traces of a Vanished World" in Owen Wister's The Virginian
  2. pp. 133-134
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  1. 9. Romance and Nostalgia in The Virginian
  2. pp. 135-143
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  1. 10. Imagined Contexts for Frontier Heroes
  2. pp. 144-159
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  1. 11. Storytelling and Evolution's Losses in The Virginian
  2. pp. 160-176
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  1. Conclusion: The Storyteller's Legacy from Quentin Compson to Oedipa Maas
  2. pp. 177-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-234
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-259
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814273371
Related ISBN
9780814251188
MARC Record
OCLC
1230228772
Pages
259
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-13
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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