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Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) Philadelphia Quaker classical education at a Quaker school Politically progressive values linked to Quakerism: gender equality, abolitionism Influenced by William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft period of counter-revolutionary backlash edits literary magazines in his later career wrote political pamphlets to directly express ideas Influences Mary Advertisement What does CBB emphasize about the kind of story he will be telling? o Claims incidents extraordinary and rare, even miraculous Its extraordinary/rare nature yet its possibility o All the novels weve read poise themselves btwn the probable and the extraordinary Wonder and Compassion in Wieland How does the opening chapter locate Wieland in terms of this competing appeal to wonder/compassion? Chapters 1 and 2 What does Clara emphasize in characterizing her father? What makes him who e is? o p8. His naturally gloomy disposition. However he does not think he is unhappy.
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Unformatted text preview: • What does Clara emphasize in narrating the combustion and considering what caused it? • How does this inset life-narrative function within the larger narrative (compare with life-narratives in JA )? Chapter 3 and 4 • What traits distinguish the 3 central characters Clara, Theodore, and Pleyel? o Clara = sensibility (p27) o Theodore = melancholic enthusiasm o Pleyel = Enlightenment skepticism • What is the significance of the bust of Cicero? Wieland and the Gothic • How does the Gothic manifest itself in Wieland? • o The religious "enthusiasm" shared by elder and younger Wieland o Carwin's assumption of Spanish identity, Catholicism • Theme of supernatural events disrupting modern, enlightened society (p41) Protestantism & Politics • What kind of "Protestant ethic" does Wieland embody?...
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