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Literature in the Early American Republic
Annual Studies on Cooper and His Contemporaries
Wayne Franklin, University of Connecticut
Jason Berger, University of Houston
Lance Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Set ISBN-10: 0-404-63910-0
Set ISBN-13: 978-0-404-63910-5
LEAR Honored with CELJ Award for Best New Journal
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The only scholarly journal devoted solely to the study of the literary culture of the fledgling United States, Literature in the Early American Republic (LEAR) is a peer-reviewed scholarly annual that promotes discussion of all facets of the literature that arose during the period roughly spanning from the adoption of the Constitution in 1789 to the death of James Fenimore Cooper in 1851.|
With the growing scholarly interest in America’s early national literatures, LEAR aspires to become a forum for the examination of a host of issues and figures related to the development of the literary culture of the young Republic. Studies devoted to works by minority figures and other historically underappreciated writers, as well as articles dealing with the works and influence of James Fenimore Cooper, are central to its mission. Rooted in the published work of the period—including political texts, natural history, biography, autobiography, drama, poetry, fiction, travel writing, and other cultural documents of the age—LEAR will also address (or establish critical editions of) unpublished archival manuscripts of cultural or literary relevance.
With articles written in a scholarly but accessible style, LEAR will appeal to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, scholars, and anyone interested in the literature that emerged from America’s early national era.
Statement of Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice
Literature in the Early American Republic is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. Before an article is accepted for publication, its author must sign a publication agreement affirming that the article contains no instances of plagiarism or copyright infringement.
Click here for submission guidelines and a list of the journal’s editorial board.
Special Issue Call for Essays and Proposals
We would like to invite essays for a special issue focusing on the theme “Ecologies of the Early American Republic.” We welcome all approaches and topics, including historical accounts of the relations among the environmental, the economic, and the political as well as theoretical perspectives that might reconsider early U.S. material existence. We especially encourage the submission of essays that build on contemporary forms of ecocriticism that examine transnational networks and/or reevaluations of the categories “nature” and “human.” If the modern Anthropocene indeed commences in 1784 with the advent of the steam engine, in what ways might we see large-scale interface among developing industrial and agricultural capitalism, socio-political realities, and human-environmental relations after this date manifesting in the era’s writings? How did such relations within this dynamic and often violent historical period give rise to new or alternative personal, social, and/or political formations?
Click here for contents to volumes 1–5.
Bill Christophersen, “Cooper’s The Prairie as a Southern Tale”
Thomas P. Kinnahan, “A History of Violence: Narrating ‘The Destruction of the Pequots’ in Timothy Dwight’s Greenfield Hill (1794)”
Patricia Larson Kalayjian, “‘The Injustice of Her Father’: Interrogating Patriarchy and Shifting Power in Sedgwick’s A New England Tale”
Paul Thifault, “Catholic-Indian Crossings in Hobomok and Hope Leslie”
Matthew Teutsch, ed. DOCUMENT: “Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s ‘A Slave Story I Began and Abandoned’”
Wayne Franklin, ed. ARCHIVE: “Horatio Greenough’s ‘The Cooper Monument,’ and Form and Function”
Steven Carl Smith, ““A Rash, Thoughtless, and Imprudent Young Man”: John Ward Fenno and the Federalist Literary Network”
Jillmarie Murphy, “Maternal Fathers; or, The Power of Sympathy: Phillis Wheatley’s Poem to and Correspondence with “His Excellency General Washington””
Matthew J. C. Cella, “Disturbing Hunting Grounds: Negotiating Geocultural Change in the Western Narratives of George Catlin and Washington Irving”
Tyler Roeger, “Agrarian Gothic: Carwin, Class Transgression, and Spatial Horrors in Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland (1822)”
Megan Walsh, “Wieland, Illustrated: Word and Image in the Early American Novel”
Allan M. Axelrad, “James Fenimore Cooper, American English, and the Signification of Aristocracy in a Republic”
Lance Schachterle, “Patriotism and Caste in The Chainbearer: Cooper’s Fifth Revolutionary War Novel”
Sarah Sillin, “Foreign Friendship: James Fenimore Cooper and America’s International Origins”
Donna Richardson, “Cooper’s Revision of Paradise Lost and of Romantic Satanism in The Last of the Mohicans”
John Hay, “Narratives of Extinction: James Fenimore Cooper and the Last Man”
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