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  Book Title:
Quixotic Fictions of the USA 1792-1815

Book Description:

Quixotic Fictions of the USA 1792-1815 explores the conflicted and conflicting interpretations of Don Quixote obtainable to and deployed by disenchanted writers of America's new republic. It argues that the legacy of Don Quixote offered an ambiguous cultural icon and ironic narrative stance that enabled authors to critique with impunity the ideological fictions shoring up their fractured republic. Shut readings of works akin to Trendy Chivalry, Feminine Quixotism, and The Algerine Captive reveal that the fiction from this era repeatedly engaged with Cervantes's narrative to be able to check competing interpretations of republicanism, to interrogate the new republic's multivalent crises of authority, and to query each the risk and the desirability of an isolationist USA and an autonomous 'American' literature. Sarah Wooden's research is the first book-size publication to look at the position of Don Quixote in early American literature. Exploring the extent to which the literary tradition of North America was formed by a various vary of influences, it addresses a problem of rising concern to students of American historical past and literature. Quixotic Fictions reaffirms the international attain of Cervantes's affect and explores the complicated, contradictory methods during which Don Quixote helped form American fiction at a formative second in its improvement.




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