Sidekicks in American Literature (Studies in American Literature v.55)

Sidekicks in American Literature (Studies in American Literature v.55)

By: Ann Cameron (author)Hardback

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In the American novels considered in this text, sidekicks transform from direct imitations of Sancho Panza into mentors, rustic scouts or even daemonic/demonic characters bent on harming their masters or mistresses. In these forms, the sidekick raises concern about education and miseducation of the hero, initiation into adulthood and the role of the trickster, masquerade, and deception in the formation of character. Bakhtin's analysis of heteroglossia in the novel helps explain the important dialogic, thematic, generic and narrative functions the sidekick provides. Works examined include: "The Female Quixote" (1752) by Charlotte Lennox; "Female Quixotism" (1801) by Tabitha Tenney; "Modern Chivalry" (1792 - 97) by Hugh Henry Brackenbridge; "Paul Felton" (1822) by Richard Henry Dana; "Koningsmarke"(1823) and "The Dutchman's Fireside" (1831) by James Kirke Paulding; "Horse-shoe Robinson" (1835) by John Pendleton Kennedy; "George Balcombe" (1836) by Nathaniel Beverley Tucker; "Lafitte" (1836) by Joseph Holt Ingraham; "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym" (1838) by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. The development of the sidekick figure also roughly parallels concerns with the nature of authority during both the American Revolution and the Civil War.


Page; Preface i; Acknowledgments vii; Chapter 1 From Sancho To Pancho 1; The Origins of the 'Sidekick' 1; Sancho 2; Don Quixote and American Writers 7; The Role of the Sidekick 12; Benefits for the Sidekick 15; The Deceptive Superiority of the Master 19; Variations on the Sidekick 22; Notes 28; Works Cited 30; Chapter 2 The Power Of Delusion 33; Don Quixote Redux 33; The Nature of Quixotism 35; Rewriting the World 44; The Pragmatism of Folly 52; The Mediator for the Mistress 54; The Cure is Worse than the Disease 56; The Sidekick Ascending 57; Notes 58; Works Cited 59; Chapter 3 The Agent Of Disorder 61; The Daemon and the Demon 61; Paul and Abel 71; The Black Dwarf 74; The Daemonic Dr. Chillingworth 85; Mutual Victims 90; Notes 92; Works Cited 94; Chapter 4 The Sage And The Scout 97; The Homespun Scout 99; The Disruption of Authority 105; The Clash between North and South 111; The Plantation Novel and the Cavalier 114; Miseducation 117; The Failure of the Pastoral 122; The Multiple Mentor as a Reaction to Change 124; Notes 126; Works Cited 127; Chapter 5 A Society Of Two: Huck And Jim 129; Huck and Jim 129; What Huck and Jim are Not 132; Huck Finn and The Dialogic Imagination 139; A Respite from the World 145; Notes 153; Works Cited 154; Conclusion 157; Appendix: Time Line 163; Bibliography 165; Index 177

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  • ISBN13: 9780773470569
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9780773470569
  • ISBN10: 0773470565

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