Imitation as Resistance: Appropriations of English Literature in Nineteenth-century America

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1995 - 305 pàgines
"Imitation as Resistance studies American responses to British literature during the nineteenth century. Ranging widely, it includes American writings that echo, parody, or pay tribute to British texts, appropriations of British texts in American elocutionary and literary handbooks, and adaptions of British texts for the American stage." "Author Raoul Granqvist postulates that imitation as cultural dialectics lies at the heart of every colonial or post-colonial society that seeks to find a way out of years of dependence; this was also the case with the nineteenth-century America. In its endeavor to establish its own cultural boundaries, its own space, it sought frantically to free itself from dependence on Old World value systems and worldviews. Simultaneously - and here lies the paradox that this book takes advantage of - it sought and found fresh nourishment in the Old World gardens that it despised. Imitation, Granqvist argues, then involved acts of creative resistance and inversion." "Imitation as Resistance also offers American perspectives on the individual reputations of a number of British writers and their specific works, often down to the particular lines in plays and poems. The reader whose interest is limited, for example, to the singular reputation of a Dickens novel or a Byron poem may find the book functional for its broad bibliographical qualities. For cultural studies students, Americanists, and others, the book will demonstrate the complexity of cultural appropriation and the patterns of nineteenth-century American resistance and harmonization."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Imitation as Resistance
17
The Popularity of British Writers in North America
25
A Survey of Scholarship
30
Appropriations in Literature
33
Integration as Imitation
34
Emulation as Imitation
51
Commentary as Imitation
74
British Writers in American ElocutionaryLiterary Textbooks
84
Other British Writers
120
British Writers on the American Stage
124
From Oratory to Melodrama
125
Burlesque
161
Conclusion
189
British Writers in American ElocutionaryLiterary Handbooks
193
Jeanie Deans or The Heart of Midlothian
217
Mazeppa in New York 18611888
227

Rhetoric and Morality
87
Milton and Rebellion
97
Devil and Freedom Fighter
101
Honor and Patriotism
109
Charles Dickens and Children
117
Notes
229
Bibliography
264
Index
299
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