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Corporate RomanticismLiberalism, Justice, and the Novel$
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Daniel M. Stout

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823272235

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823272235.001.0001

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Castes of Exception

Castes of Exception

Tradition and the Public Sphere in The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

(p.96) 3. Castes of Exception
Corporate Romanticism

Daniel M. Stout

Fordham University Press

Chapter three looks at James Hogg’s 1824 novel, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. It argues that the book criticizes both Calvinism and Romantic nationalism for their incoherent theories of identity. Both Calvinism and Romantic nationalism imagine identity as an unchanging property or state that individual persons inherit and possess regardless of their actions in the here and now. The debilitating consequences of this position are shown in the Sinner’s sense that, though he lives in the world, he doesn’t act in it.

Keywords:   Calvinism, gothic, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, print culture, public sphere, Romantic nationalism

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