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Chapter 1 - Introduction

Literature for Democracy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 June 2022

Justine S. Murison
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University of Illinois
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The introduction to the volume canvasses the history of studies of American literature between 1820 and 1860 and makes a case for a singular endurance: that it is a literature dedicated to democracy. The introduction also frames the volume’s contribution as pointing to new directions in the field and summarizes the essays.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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