Reading Subjects: Desire and Discipline in the Early American Novel, 1787-1827.

Hankins, Laurel.


  • Abstract: This dissertation seeks to describe the unique pressures brought to bear on the reading subjects of a government founded in what the Declaration of Independence calls "the Laws of Nature." It begins by arguing that the early republic's preoccupation with naturalized government is intimately related to the methods of privatized discipline the sentimental novel imagines. It ends by arguing... read more
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