Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Family and Sectionalism in the Virginia Novels of Kennedy, Caruthers, and Tucker, 1830-1845
First published in 2002. This work examines eight Virginia novels against the background of the political and social concerns of the Jacksonian years in which they were written, arguing that the authors used familial processes as a metaphor to discuss issues that they regarded as critical. Each chapter focuses on a single novel - Swallow Barn, Kentuckian in New York, Cavaliers of Virginia, Horse-Shoe Robinson, George Balcombe, The Partisan Leader, and Knights of the Horseshoe - and examines its connections to the social and political tensions of the time of its publication - generational progress, sectional unity, executive authority, class relations, the nature of the ideal leader, relations among sections and states, socialist and perfectionist communities, and westward expansion.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Chapter One -- Introduction -- Chapter Two -- Generational Progress in u’alIow Barn -- Chapter Three -- “An Ardent Desire”: Kentuckian in New-York -- Chapter Four -- Authority and Affection: Cavaliers of Virginia -- Chapter Five -- Whigs and Covert Missions: Horse-Shoe Robinson -- Chapter Six -- Birthright and Authority: George Balcombe -- Chapter Seven -- The Family Restructured: The Partisan Leader -- Chapter Eight -- Mistaken Identity: Rob of the Bowl -- Chapter Nine -- To the West: Knights of the Horse-shoe -- Chapter Ten -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index.
William E. Cain,