Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The politics of excess: Religion, gender, and race in the novels of Charles Brockden Brown
by Gibson, Lara Elizabeth, M.A., Georgetown University, 2008, 52; 1454374
Abstract (Summary)

Many scholars cite Charles Brockden Brown's novels as evidence of his ambivalent political beliefs. However, investigation of religion, gender, and race in his novels Wieland, Ormond, Edgar Huntly, and Arthur Mervyn suggest not political ambivalence but a belief in moderation. This paper argues that Brown establishes a spectrum of excesses in each of his novels. This structure metaphorically articulates the dilemma of political factionalism facing early America. Brown's structure also helps reinforce the complexity, rather than indecision, of his political ideals.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Todd, Dennis
School: Georgetown University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 47/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature
Keywords: Arthur Mervyn, Brown, Charles Brockden, Early American literature, Edgar Huntly, Ormond, Wieland
Publication Number: 1454374
ISBN: 978-0-549-66282-2
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