Novels in the Time of Democratic Writing

Nancy Armstrong and Leonard Tennenhouse: “Novels in the Time of Democratic Writing: The American Example” (University of Pennsylvania Press). The Duke English professors offer a fresh angle on U.S. literary history with this exploration of how the first American novelists carried on an argument with their British counterparts that pitted direct democracy against representative liberalism. Armstrong and Tennenhouse argue that this early democratic writing lives on in the novels of Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville and James.