After Franklin: The Emergence of Autobiography in Post-revolutionary America, 1780-1830

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University Press of New England, 2001 - 241 páginas
Although much has been written about Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, other writers of what Stephen Arch calls “self-biographies” in post-revolutionary America have received scant scholarly attention. This rich variety of texts dramatically shows the complex nature of 19th-century concepts of identity. Arguing that “autobiography” is a modern invention, Arch shows its emergence in the older, conservative self-biographies of Alexander Graydon, Benjamin Rush, and Ethan Allen and in the newer, more progressive, and even radical self-biographies of K. White, Elizabeth Fisher, Stephen Burroughs, and John Fitch. Describing the evolution of a concept as elastic as “the self” is not easy, but Arch offers a unique and imaginative study of the emergence of a specifically modern American identity.

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After Franklin: the emergence of autobiography in post-revolutionary America, 1780-1830

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Arch's (Authorizing the Past; English, Michigan State Univ.) well-supported thesis is that before the 1810s in North America, people who wrote about themselves, Benjamin Franklin for example, were not ... Leer comentario completo

After Franklin: the emergence of autobiography in post-revolutionary America, 1780-1830

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Arch's (Authorizing the Past; English, Michigan State Univ.) well-supported thesis is that before the 1810s in North America, people who wrote about themselves, Benjamin Franklin for example, were not ... Leer comentario completo

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SelfBiography
3
Travels through Life
74
Ethan Allen and the Republican Self
93
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STEPHEN CARL ARCH, Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University, is author of Authorizing the Past: The Rhetoric of History in Seventeenth-Century New England.

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