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Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville

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Beschreibung

Since its initial publication, David Reynolds's Beneath the American Renaissance has become a seminal resource for understanding American literature. It ranks alongside classics like F.O. Matthiessen's The American Renaissance, R.W.B. Lewis's The American Adam, and Eric Sundquist's To Wake the Nations as a book that defined how we apprehend our literary past. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which Reynolds is now known. Now back in print in an affordable paperback edition that includes a new foreword by Sean Wilentz that recollects the book's impact and influence, a lost gem returns. It is poised to find an appreciative new readership in anyone interested in the genesis of America's most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures-Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, and Melville-who defined it.

Autorentext

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Walt Whitman's America, Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson, John Brown, Abolitionist, and Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America.



Klappentext

The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which David Reynolds is known. Here the major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson receive striking, original readings set against the rich backdrop of contemporary popular writing. Now back in print, the volume includes a new foreword by historian Sean Wilentz that reveals the book's impact and influence. A magisterial work of criticism and cultural history, Beneath the American Renaissance will fascinate anyone interested in the genesis of America's most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures who defined it.



Zusammenfassung
The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which David Reynolds is known. Here the major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson receive striking, original readings set against the rich backdrop of contemporary popular writing. Now back in print, the volume includes a new foreword by historian Sean Wilentz that reveals the book's impact and influence. A magisterial work of criticism and cultural history, Beneath the American Renaissance will fascinate anyone interested in the genesis of America's most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures who defined it.

Inhalt

Introduction Part I God's Bow, Man's Arrows: Religion, Reform, and American Literature Chapter One: The New Religious Style Chapter Two: The Reform Impulse and the Paradox of Immoral Didacticism Chapter Three: The Transcendentalists, Whitman, and Popular Reform Chapter Four: Hawthorne and the Reform Impulse Chapter Five: Melville's Whited Sepulchres Part II: Public Poison: Sensationalism and Sexuality Chapter 6 The Sensational Press and the Rise of Subversive Literature Chapter 7 The Erotic Imagination Chapter 8 Poe and Popular Irrationalism Chapter 9 Hawthorne's Cultural Demons Chapter 10 Melville's Ruthless Democracy Chapter 11 Whitman's Transfigured Sensationalism Part III: Other Amazons: Women's Rights, Women's Wrongs, and the Literary Imagination Chapter 12: Types of American Womanhood Chapter 13: Hawthorne's Heroines Chapter 14 The American Women's Renaissance and Emily Dickinson Part IV The Grotesque Posture Popular Humor and the American Subversive Style Chapter 15 The Carnivalization of American Language Chapter 16 Transcendental Wild Oats Chapter 17 Whitman's Poetic Humor Chapter 18 Stylized Laugher in Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville Epilogue Reconstructive Criticism: Literary Theory and Literary History Notes Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville
Untertitel: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville
Autor:
EAN: 9780199976409
ISBN: 978-0-19-997640-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 656
Veröffentlichung: 01.06.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch