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Common Things: Romance and the Aesthetics of Belonging in Atlantic Modernity

James D. Lilley


What are the relationships between the books we read and the communities we share?Common Things explores how transatlantic romance revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth century influenced and were influenced by emerging modern systems of community. Drawing on the work of Washington Irving, Henry Mackenzie, Thomas Jefferson, James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Montgomery Bird, and Charles Brockden Brown, the book shows how romance promotes a distinctive aesthetics of belonging-a mode of being in common tied to new qualities of the singular. Each chapter focuses on one of these common things-the ... More

Keywords: C18th British Literature, C19th U.S. Literature, Political Theory, Gothic, Sentimentality, Community, Allegory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823255153
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255153.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James D. Lilley, author
University of Albany, SUNY