David Vinson's Recent Publication
Published on October 25, 2018
We are thrilled to announce the recent publication of David Vinson's article, “The Extraordinary Afterlife of Major John André: the ‘Common Spy’" in Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 52.1 (October 2018). The article explores the correlation between posthumous André-related “texts” and the performative powers exhibited by André himself during his captivity and the public spectacle of his ignoble hanging. Presented is a two-fold argument: first, that André used his expertise as a performer of genteel sensibility and aristocratic stoicism to shape how he would be remembered, which subsequently inspired a vast catalog of transatlantic "texts;" and second, that Britain and America needed André during and after the Revolutionary War. André was appropriated as a hegemonic apparatus by both nations and for the specific purposes of masking national anxieties and perpetuating hegemonic values. David Vinson is a PhD. candidate in the Department of English at Auburn University. Congratulations, David!
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