"A Narrative of Mere Probabilities": The Unlikely Form of the Early American Novel

Siân Silyn-Roberts

Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY

Sian Silyn Roberts is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Queens College, CUNY. She is author of Gothic Subjects: The Transformation of Individualism in American Fiction, 1790-1861 (Penn, 2014) and the editor of the Broadview edition of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly (forthcoming 2018).  Her work has appeared Early American Literature and Journal of American Studies, and she has contributed essays to special collections The Transnational Gothic (2013), The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities (2016), and The Oxford Companion to Charles Brockden Brown (forthcoming 2018).


Silyn Roberts’ paper considers how emergent theories of temporality in the late eighteenth century century made the early American novel deeply inhospitable to the consolidation of stable racial and national identities of... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Siân Silyn-Roberts (Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY)

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P19 » Ecologies Under Erasure: Indigeneity and the Early American Novel (14:00 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment E)

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