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This movement across geographical borders is replicated formally in the poem’s generic transposition from epic to mock-epic. Many of the critical debates around The Sot-Weed Factor, such as they are, have centered on the issue of the kind of lesson the author was hoping readers might infer from his comic narrative, whether he is ridiculing the factor himself or the Americans or both (Egan 388); but this attempt to attribute a specific satiric intention is of less interest than the way Cook’s work adroitly imitates and manipulates the form of Samuel Butler’s long poem Hudibras, published between 1662 and 1677.
I am aware, of course, that a choice of different geographic zones would have produced different perspectives, and chapters 5 and 6 are intended merely as examples of ways in which the spatial and temporal aspects of American literary culture have been intertwined. At the center of this book, in Part Two, is a consideration of how the subject of American literature became consolidated and institutionalized in the modernist era, together with an account of the pressures this national model came under in the second half of the twentieth century.
By tracing the variable nature of Virginia’s geography through time—he writes, for example, of the formation of New York as “another limb lopped off from Virginia” (164)—Byrd also draws attention implicitly to the unstable conditions involved in mapping of all kinds. This emerges also in his account of how little the “bordering inhabitants” of a “mighty swamp” in his vicinity are able properly to rationalize its topographical features, “notwithstanding,” as he says, “they had lived their whole lives within smell of it.