The Rise of New Media 1750–1850
Transatlantic Discourse and American Memory
This monograph explores transatlantic literary culture by tracing the proliferation of ‘new media,’ such as the anthology, the literary history and the magazine, in the period between 1750 and 1850. The fast-paced media landscape out of which these publishing genres developed produced the need of a ‘memory of literature’ and a concomitant rhetoric of remembering strikingly similar to what today is called a cultural memory debate. Thus, rather than depicting the emergence of an American national literature, The Rise of New Media(1750–1850) combines impulses from media history, the history of print, the sociology of literature and canon theory to uncover nascent forms and genres of literary self-reflectivity and early stirrings of a canon debate in the Atlantic World.
Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgements Introduction: Building an American Memory of Literature, 1750-1850 Chapter 1: Remembering Literature in Early America: The Rhetoric of the Canon and the Memory of Literature Chapter 2: Virtual Museums: The Literary Magazine and Transatlantic Periodical Culture Chapter 3: Of Gems, Beauties and Relics: Anthologies in Early America Chapter 4: Early Forms of Literary Historiography in America: Literary Histories as Narrative Anthologies Conclusion Bibliography
Julia Straub is Senior Lecturer at the English Department of the University Berne, Switzerland. She is the editor of the Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studies and author of A Victorian Muse: The Afterlife of Dante's Beatrice in Nineteenth-Century Literature.