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Episodic Poetics: Politics and Literary Form after the Constitution

Matthew Garrett


Episodic Poetics merges social and political history with narrative theory to explain the early American fascination with the piecemeal plot across the period’s major genres of prose writing, from the wildly plotted novel to the peculiarly constructed memoir, the miscellany, and the linked serial essays of the ratification debate. This book shows how episodic forms gave variegated shape to the social, political, and economic conflicts that defined the early republic in the wake of the American Revolution and constitutional consolidation. Episodic Poetics takes the form of this lit ... More

Keywords: episode, narrative, plot, early America, Constitution, Federalist, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Brockden Brown, Susanna Rowson, Washington Irving

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199346530
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Garrett, author
Wesleyan University