Abstract/Details

Transatlantic Imaginings: Modes of Romance and Visions of Culture, 1760-1867

Stampone, Christopher. 
 Southern Methodist University ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2017. 10271840.

Abstract (summary)

For decades, scholars have viewed British and American Romanticism as distinct areas of scholarly focus, separated by both a literal and metaphorical ocean. Although some recent work has sought to bridge the oceanic gap between the fields, no scholar has substantially connected them through the genre that defined the period: romance. This dissertation unites British and American authors of the Romantic period, 1760-1867, through their employment, manipulation, and innovation of modes of romance that were popular during the time. More specifically, this dissertation argues that authors on both sides of the Atlantic used similar modes of romance—including historical romance, Gothic romance, and ballad romance—to deal with myriad cultural issues, including national identity and racial and gender (in)equality. The dissertation analyzes the respective historical romances of Walter Scott, James Fenimore Cooper, and Catharine Sedgwick; the Gothic romances of Charles Brockden Brown and Jane Austen; and the ballad romances of William Wordsworth and William Cullen Bryant. Reading British and American authors as they interpreted history through the lens of genre enables critics to see many points of contact between authors and cultures, as well as track the ways in which authors reimagined and repurposed modes of romance to deal with contemporary cultural issues.

Indexing (details)


Subject
American literature;
British and Irish literature
Classification
0591: American literature
0593: British and Irish literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; American romanticism; British romanticism; Cultural studies; Genre; Romance
Title
Transatlantic Imaginings: Modes of Romance and Visions of Culture, 1760-1867
Author
Stampone, Christopher
Number of pages
326
Degree date
2017
School code
0210
Source
DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-1-369-86664-3
Advisor
Spiegelman, Willard
Committee member
Greenspan, Ezra; Murfin, Ross C.; Pace, Joel; Wheeler, Bonnie
University/institution
Southern Methodist University
Department
English
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
10271840
ProQuest document ID
1916510175
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/1916510175