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Writing the Rebellion: Loyalists and the Literature of Politics in British America

Philip Gould


Why has Revolutionary literary studies largely ignored the writings of those who opposed the American Rebellion? This study of the literature of politics reconsiders the place of the British American Loyalists in early American literary history. By imagining the Revolution as an episode in transatlantic literary history, it explores the relations between aesthetics and politics during a crucial transitional period in which both Loyalists and Patriots were redefining their respective relations to “English” culture. Rather than pointing the ambivalence expressed by Loyalists writings, however, i ... More

Keywords: American Revolution, Loyalists, aesthetics, politics, transatlantic studies, empire, English, colonial identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199967896
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Gould, author
Brown University