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Voicing America : Language, Literary Form and the Origins of the United States - Christopher Looby

Voicing America

Language, Literary Form and the Origins of the United States

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780226492834
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

Acknowledgments Introduction 1: Logocracy in America 2: "The Affairs of the Revolution Occasion'd the Interruption": Self, Language, and Nation in Franklin's Autobiography 3: "The Very Act of Utterance": Law, Language, and Legitimation in Brown's Wieland 4: "Tongues of People Altercating With One Another": Language, Text and Society in Brackenridge's Modern Chivalry 5: Coda: The Voice of Patrick Henry Index

ISBN: 9780226492834
ISBN-10: 0226492834
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Type: New edition