Beautiful Deceptions: European Aesthetics, the Early American Novel, and Illusionist Art

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The art of the early republic abounds in representations of deception: the villains of Gothic novels deceive their victims with visual and acoustic tricks; the ordinary citizens of picaresque novels are hoodwinked by quacks and illiterate but shrewd adventurers; and innocent sentimental heroines fall for their seducers' eloquently voiced half-truths and lies. Yet, as Philipp Schweighauser points out in Beautiful Deceptions, deception happens not only within these novels but also through them. The fictions of Charles ...

Beautiful Deceptions: European Aesthetics, the Early American Novel, and Illusionist Art 2016, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville

ISBN-13: 9780813939032

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