612 }EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE: VOLUME 50, NUMBER 2 Gothic Subjects: The Transformation of Individualism in American Fiction, 17901861 sIâN sILYN ROBERTs Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014 239 pp. Within the past fifteen years, scholars of the eighteenth and nineteenth century--such as William Keach, Helen Thomas, and Laura Doyle, among many others--have argued persuasively that Anglophone literatures of the Atlantic world must be considered part and parcel of the same cultural phenomenon because of the profound social, linguistic, and legal ties that bind the United Kingdom and the Americas. Siân Silyn Roberts herself has recently published a compelling argument for recognizing the gothic's global scope and influence in a 2014 essay collection entitled Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century. Given Roberts's expertise in the transnational gothic and her consistent reference to its import throughout Gothic Subjects: The Transformation of Individualism in American Fiction, 17901861, the book's main claims and chosen primary sources appear incongruous with their scholarly context. On the one hand, Roberts notes that one cannot responsibly write about the American novel without reference to transatlantic exchange, and the book's introduction explicitly denies an urge to describe American exceptionalism or "to assume
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jun 21, 2015
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