- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Expanded edition (September 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195148231
- ISBN-13: 978-0195148237
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.3 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Praise for the previous edition: "Drawing on recent work in social history, post-structuralist literary theory and feminist studies, [Davidson] argues persuasively that the genesis of American fiction was an integral part of a widespread crisis of authority in early modern America.... A wonderful book."--The Nation
"A fascinating and groundbreaking book."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Revolution and the Word--sophisticated, comprehensive and imaginative--charts this wilderness birthplace of American fiction and updates our notion of literary criticism in the process.... As remarkable for its methods as for its message."--San Francisco Chronicle
"An engaging combination of information and analysis, Davidson's book on the production and readers of the early novel will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of the novel, of reading, or of American literature."--Library Journal
About the Author
Cathy N. Davidson is Vice Provost of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University. She is co-founder of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, a past president of the American Studies Association, and a past editor of the journal American Literature.
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