Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You and Your Team.

Learn More →

A “Spirit of Mistaken Benevolence”: Civilizing the Savage in Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly

A “Spirit of Mistaken Benevolence”: Civilizing the Savage in Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly christopher stampone Southern Methodist University A "Spirit of Mistaken Benevolence" Civilizing the Savage in Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly The eponymous character of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (1799) approaches the tree at which his friend Waldegrave died only to realize someone else is there, digging: "Something like flannel was wrapt round his waist and covered his lower limbs. The rest of his frame was naked. . . . A figure, robust and strange, and half naked, to be thus employed, at this hour and place, was calculated to rouse up my whole soul. His occupation was mysterious and obscure" (10). The "mysterious" figure is the sleepwalking Clithero Edny, a recent "emigrant from Ireland" and the "only foreigner" in Huntly's neighborhood (14). Scholars have long sought to explain Clithero's function in the text and, until the publication of Jared Gardner's "Alien Nation," they most often viewed Clithero as a gothic double in Edgar's bildungsroman.1 Gardner's essay challenges prior scholarship, arguing that Brown's novel "has less to do with questions of what it means to be civilized than . . . what it means to be American" (Master Plots 53). For Gardner, the Irish http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

A “Spirit of Mistaken Benevolence”: Civilizing the Savage in Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly

Early American Literature , Volume 50 (2) – Jun 21, 2015

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-north-carolina-press/a-spirit-of-mistaken-benevolence-civilizing-the-savage-in-charles-DJHiJr5Bho
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 The University of North Carolina Press.
ISSN
1534-147X
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

christopher stampone Southern Methodist University A "Spirit of Mistaken Benevolence" Civilizing the Savage in Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly The eponymous character of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (1799) approaches the tree at which his friend Waldegrave died only to realize someone else is there, digging: "Something like flannel was wrapt round his waist and covered his lower limbs. The rest of his frame was naked. . . . A figure, robust and strange, and half naked, to be thus employed, at this hour and place, was calculated to rouse up my whole soul. His occupation was mysterious and obscure" (10). The "mysterious" figure is the sleepwalking Clithero Edny, a recent "emigrant from Ireland" and the "only foreigner" in Huntly's neighborhood (14). Scholars have long sought to explain Clithero's function in the text and, until the publication of Jared Gardner's "Alien Nation," they most often viewed Clithero as a gothic double in Edgar's bildungsroman.1 Gardner's essay challenges prior scholarship, arguing that Brown's novel "has less to do with questions of what it means to be civilized than . . . what it means to be American" (Master Plots 53). For Gardner, the Irish

Journal

Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 21, 2015

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$499/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month