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Canonical Predicaments

Canonical Predicaments Ed White Tulane University Duncan Faherty Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY usanna Rowson always loomed large as we planned and organized what has become the Just Teach One (jto) project. No other figure seems to signal, simultaneously, the tremendous power of canon transformation and the stalling of that exciting project. It is at once almost impossible to imagine the early American literary canon before the recovery of Charlotte Temple and remarkable to think that an author so widely taught in our time remains so little known, the vast majority of her works out of print. Our very first text, the novella Amelia: or the Faithless Briton (first serialized in the Columbian Magazine in 1787), was proposed in part as an attempt to disrupt narrowing readings of Rowson's best-seller, which had come to do double duty as paradigmatic sentimental novel and seduction tale. The preparation of a classroom-ready edition of another Rowson novel, then, was an undertaking of special significance, and one we pursued only after several semesters of trial and error. While there were several candidates for a teachable Rowson text--we talked about The Inquisitor, Trials of the Human Heart, and Mary, or the Test of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers uni_neb

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Abstract

Ed White Tulane University Duncan Faherty Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY usanna Rowson always loomed large as we planned and organized what has become the Just Teach One (jto) project. No other figure seems to signal, simultaneously, the tremendous power of canon transformation and the stalling of that exciting project. It is at once almost impossible to imagine the early American literary canon before the recovery of Charlotte Temple and remarkable to think that an author so widely taught in our time remains so little known, the vast majority of her works out of print. Our very first text, the novella Amelia: or the Faithless Briton (first serialized in the Columbian Magazine in 1787), was proposed in part as an attempt to disrupt narrowing readings of Rowson's best-seller, which had come to do double duty as paradigmatic sentimental novel and seduction tale. The preparation of a classroom-ready edition of another Rowson novel, then, was an undertaking of special significance, and one we pursued only after several semesters of trial and error. While there were several candidates for a teachable Rowson text--we talked about The Inquisitor, Trials of the Human Heart, and Mary, or the Test of

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Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writersuni_neb

Published: Jun 20, 2017

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