Brown’s four gothic novels Wieland (1798), Ormond (1799), Arthur Mervyn (part I, 1799; part II, 1800), and Edgar Huntly (1799) were closely scrutinized by contemporary readers and reviewers alike—and are still of high interest to scholars and gothic writers today. Brown’s contemporary reception and later criticism reveals an ongoing conversation of not only his creation of the American Gothic genre, but his continued influence within American literary circles. Even more recent scholarship on early American sexuality and queer theory has given scholars new ways to understand the unease some contemporary reviewers felt, as well as a unique way to trace Brown’s influence through many of the gothic and sexually charged American novels since his time. A more comprehensive review of his gothic novels, in conjunction with contemporary and subsequent criticism, reveals Brown is not only the originator of the American Gothic genre, but also America’s first author of queer literature.
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Charles brockden brown, Gothic, Queer, Sexuality|
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