By Carl Ostrowski
Drawing on an eclectic variety of assets together with newspaper arrest reviews, felony reform periodicals, renowned literary magazines, transatlantic shuttle narratives, well known crime novels, anthologies of felony poetry, and the memoirs of criminal chaplains, Ostrowski analyzes how authors as canonical as Nathaniel Hawthorne and as vague as counterfeiter/poet/prison inmate Christian Meadows tailored, manipulated, or rejected winning narratives approximately criminal activity to serve their inventive and rhetorical ends. those narratives ended in the production of recent literary subgenres whereas additionally ushering in mental interiority as a huge criterion through which critical fiction was once judged. Ostrowski joins and extends fresh scholarly conversations on topics together with African American civic enterprise, literary sentimentalism, outsider authorship, and the racial politics of antebellum legal reform.
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Literature and Criminal Justice in Antebellum America by Carl Ostrowski