Reading the Early Republic (review)

Reading the Early Republic (review) { 209 dollar,'' he was signaling his bemused exposure of a national craving, not a regional peculiarity of the Hudson River Valley. Captain Kidd's treasure, the source of ghostly apparitions in four of the five tales that make up ``The Money Diggers,'' could be buried anywhere along the Atlantic coast; the treasure's lack of location is precisely Irving's point. Among these tales of haunting, the one most immediately recognizable as a ghost story, ``The Devil and Tom Walker,'' takes place in the vicinity of Cambridge, Massachusetts. What, pray tell, arouses American desire today more than the prospect of sudden, unearned gold? Lotteries are everywhere and we no longer need to dig. john mcwilliams Middlebury College Reading the Early Republic. robert a. ferguson. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004. 358 pp. At the end of the introduction to Robert Ferguson's Reading the Early Republic, we find a claim of methodology as scrupulous in its ambition as it is curious in its provenance. In proposing that early republican texts have been ``either forgotten or flattened in later ideological manipulations of them'' (7), Ferguson invokes the legal theory of ``textualism'' as a means of recovering the dynamic contingencies of literary utterance and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Reading the Early Republic (review)

Early American Literature, Volume 40 (1) – Feb 17, 2005

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{ 209 dollar,'' he was signaling his bemused exposure of a national craving, not a regional peculiarity of the Hudson River Valley. Captain Kidd's treasure, the source of ghostly apparitions in four of the five tales that make up ``The Money Diggers,'' could be buried anywhere along the Atlantic coast; the treasure's lack of location is precisely Irving's point. Among these tales of haunting, the one most immediately recognizable as a ghost story, ``The Devil and Tom Walker,'' takes place in the vicinity of Cambridge, Massachusetts. What, pray tell, arouses American desire today more than the prospect of sudden, unearned gold? Lotteries are everywhere and we no longer need to dig. john mcwilliams Middlebury College Reading the Early Republic. robert a. ferguson. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004. 358 pp. At the end of the introduction to Robert Ferguson's Reading the Early Republic, we find a claim of methodology as scrupulous in its ambition as it is curious in its provenance. In proposing that early republican texts have been ``either forgotten or flattened in later ideological manipulations of them'' (7), Ferguson invokes the legal theory of ``textualism'' as a means of recovering the dynamic contingencies of literary utterance and

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Published: Feb 17, 2005

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