Voicing America: Language, Literary Form, and the Origins of the United States
How is a nation brought into being? In a detailed examination of crucial texts of eighteenth-century American literature, Christopher Looby argues that the United States was self-consciously enacted through the spoken word. Historical material informs and animates theoretical texts by Derrida, Lacan, and others as Looby unravels the texts of Benjamin Franklin, Charles Brockden Brown, and Hugh Henry Brackenridge and connects them to nation-building, political discourse, and self-creation. Correcting the strong emphasis on the importance of print culture in eighteenth-century America, Voicing America uncovers the complex process of early American writers articulating their new nation and reveals a body of literature and a political discourse thoroughly concerned with the power of vocal language.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
American Revolution appear argument attempt authority Autobiography beginning Brackenridge British Brown called cause chapter claim colonies communication Constitution continuity course create critical cultural described discourse early effect English establish experience expression fact father figure finally Franklin French French Revolution give given Henry Ibid imagined important independence individual instance institutions intention interest James Jefferson John kind language letters linguistic literary Literature means mind Modern Chivalry narrative nation nature never novel observed origin past Pennsylvania performance period Philadelphia political possible practice present Press printed produced question reason reference relation represented republican revolutionary rhetoric seems sense social society speak speech taken theory thing thought tion turn understanding United Univ utterance verbal vocal voice Volume Wieland writing written wrote York