"The Wicked Man's Portion" uses crime writing as a means to measure modernity in early America. Crime writing does things all too familiarly "modern"; it imagines audiences in need of moral instruction, citizens questioning the decisions of those in power, and men and women seeking reassurance that their community was safe, just, and moral. Crime writing pries open the dialectic between the expectations of authority and individuals' experiences. What emerges is the concept of a moral citizen, a self-reliant individual sharing responsibility for a well-ordered community.
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- American Literature
- American History
- New England
- Crime in literature
- American literature--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775--History and criticism.
- American literature--Revolutionary period, 1775-1783--History and criticism.
- American literature--1783-1850--History and criticism.
- Crime--New England--History--16th century.
- Crime--New England--History--17th century.
- Crime--New England--History--18th century.
- Partial requirement for: Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2013Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-192)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: English