Literature for a New Nation: The Importance of Published Texts to American Readers in Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

Sonya Filman


In The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., Washington Irving moves away from the idealization of English models of scholarship and spaces of literary discourse. He introduces new ideals for America which allow for an increased general readership by renouncing institutional exclusivity and de-emphasizing the monetary value of printed materials.

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