Performing the Self in the Discourse of History: The American Revolution and Memoir Writing, 1770s-1840s
Abstract (Summary)The thesis examines the formal transformation of a marginal genre of historical writing in post-Revolutionary America as an indicator of change and continuity in the assumptions about the relationship between public and private, about historical writing, authorship, and the place of the individual in history. It is argued that the democratization of public discourse in the first decades of the nineteenth century did not result directly in a change in the assumptions about historical writing, but in the development of new, “non-historical” forms of speaking about the past. History as a narrative form was for some time left behind.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2005