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The Moral Economies of American Authorship: Reputation, Scandal, and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace

The Moral Economies of American Authorship: Reputation, Scandal, and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Ryan, Susan M.

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The Moral Economies of American Authorship argues that the moral character of authors became a kind of literary property within mid-nineteenth-century America's expanding print marketplace, shaping the construction, promotion, and reception of texts as well as of literary reputat...ions. Using a wide range of printed materials--prefaces, dedications, and other paratexts as well as book reviews, advertisements, and editorials that appeared in the era's magazines and newspapers--The Moral Economies of American Authorship recovers and analyzes the circulation of authors' moral currency, attending not only to the marketing of apparently ironclad status but also to the period's not-infrequent author scandals and ensuing attempts at recuperation. These preoccupations prove to be more than a historical curiosity--they prefigure the complex (if often disavowed) interdependence of authorial character and literary value in contemporary scholarship and pedagogy. Combining broad investigations into the marketing and reception of books with case studies that analyze the construction and repair of particular authors' reputations (e.g., James Fenimore Cooper, Mary Prince, Elizabeth Keckley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and E.D.E.N. Southworth), the book constructs a genealogy of the field's investments in and uses of authorial character. In the nineteenth century's deployment of moral character as a signal element in the marketing, reception, and canonization of books and authors, we see how biography both vexed and created literary status, adumbrating our own preoccupations while demonstrating how malleable--and how recuperable--moral authority could be.
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ISBN 9780190067847
Released NZ 15 Jul 2019
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Oxford Studies in American Literary History
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ISBN-13 9780190067847
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Released 15 Jul 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ryan, Susan M.
Series Oxford Studies in American Literary History
Category Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Number of Pages 232
Dimensions Width: 157mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code 810.9384
Weight 376g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress American literature - History and criticism - 19th century, Authorship - Philosophy, Literature and morals - History - 19th century - United States
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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