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Title: The Farmer as a Problematic Figure: Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer
Authors: Yu, Hsi-Hsi
Contributors: 彰化師範大學文學院
Keywords: Cr�vecoeur;Letters from an American Farmer;The (freehold) farmer;Americanness
Date: 2013-03
Issue Date: 2015-06-15T09:25:49Z
Publisher: 彰化師範大學文學院
Abstract: Two hundred and thirty years after its publication, Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer (1782) still grips general readers and literary critics of American literature. Modern critics, however, question many of its implicit assumptions. This paper first traces Crèvecoeur’s influence by Enlightenment doctrines, especially physiocratic beliefs, and examines how Crèvecoeur’s notion of the farmer challenges the “American
degeneracy” theory and contributes to his New World vision. It then proceeds to explore how the notion of the (freehold) farmer as the representative American creates controversies to such an extent that in the end the farmer ends up not as a representative American but as a problematic figure.
Relation: 彰化師範大學文學院學報, 7: 93-108
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