The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American Renaissance

This volume offers a new introduction to the American Renaissance, exploring many of the key themes, genres, and social and cultural contexts that inform the best new scholarship in the field.

Author: Christopher N. Phillips

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108420914

Category: Literary Criticism

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This volume offers a new introduction to the American Renaissance, exploring many of the key themes, genres, and social and cultural contexts that inform the best new scholarship in the field.
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The American Renaissance

Presents thirteen essays on important American authors from the 1830s to the 1860s, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and Herman Melville.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: 0791076768

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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Presents thirteen essays on important American authors from the 1830s to the 1860s, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and Herman Melville.
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The American Renaissance in New England

This award-winning series is dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of teachers and scholars.

Author: Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature Joel Myerson

Publisher: Gale

ISBN: UCSC:32106020063886

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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This award-winning series is dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of teachers and scholars. It systematically presents career biographies of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.Written by recognized literary scholars and critics, entries discuss an author's life and career and summarize the critical response to his or her work, from initial publication to the present. Entries also contain:The author's birth/death date and educational backgroundA complete list of the writer's worksBibliographies of additional information on the author.
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Literary Transcendentalism Style and Vision in the American Renaissance

His analyses of Ellery Channing's poetry and the use of persona in Emerson and Very are also innovative. In the final section, he offers the first systematic account of the autobiographical tradition in transcendentalist writing.: p: .

Author: Lawrence Buell

Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015003978718

Category: LITERARY CRITICISM

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Broader in scope than any previous literary study of the transcendentalists, this rewarding book analyzes the theories and forms characteristic of a vital group of American writers, as well as the principles and vision underlying transcendentalism. All the movement's major literary figures and forms are considered in detail. Lawrence Buell combines intellectual history and critical explication, giving equal attention to general trends and to particular works and individuals. His chapters on conversation, religious discourse, catalog rhetoric, and literary travelogue treat intensively topics that have been relatively neglected. His analyses of Ellery Channing's poetry and the use of persona in Emerson and Very are also innovative. In the final section, he offers the first systematic account of the autobiographical tradition in transcendentalist writing. This incisive and sympathetic overview of transcendentalist writing and thought will attract readers interested in American culture, and it will suggest new critical approaches to nonfiction.
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The Riven Home

Antebellum culture celebrated the home as the site of nurture, affection, and equality; indeed, the middle-class home became the model of American institutions and values.

Author: Ken Egan

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

ISBN: 1575910047

Category: Literary Criticism

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Antebellum culture celebrated the home as the site of nurture, affection, and equality; indeed, the middle-class home became the model of American institutions and values. Narratives from the American Renaissance, however, reveal that this was a conflicted, strained ideal. Stories from the culture represent intense social, political, and literary rivalry. Thus, writers such as Cooper, Douglass, Stowe, Melville, and Southworth projected competing visions of "the American family," visions that challenged the claims of other writers. Building upon theories of Poe, Bakhtin, and Bloom, this study carefully traces the intertextual struggles over the nation's meaning.
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The Routledge Introduction to American Renaissance Literature

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 35, no. 2 (2018): 141–165. Mills, Bruce. Poe, Fuller, and the Mesmeric Arts: Transition States in the American Renaissance. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006. Otter, Samuel.

Author: Larry J. Reynolds

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317615705

Category: Literary Criticism

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Examining the most frequently taught works by key writers of the American Renaissance, including Poe, Emerson, Fuller, Douglass, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Jacobs, Stowe, Whitman, and Dickinson, this engaging and accessible book offers the crucial historical, social, and political contexts in which they must be studied. Larry J. Reynolds usefully groups authors together for more lively and fruitful discussion and engages with current as well as historical theoretical debates on the area. The book includes essential biographical and historical information to situate and contextualize the literature, and incorporates major relevant criticism in each chapter. Recommended readings for further study, along with a list of works cited, conclude each chapter.
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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American Renaissance

The (Im)Possibilities of Indianness Indigenous peoples from American literary studies? ... Whatever one might say about the writers and works often collated under the rubric of “the American Renaissance,” they are not read as political ...

Author: Christopher N. Phillips

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108372817

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The American Renaissance has been a foundational concept in American literary history for nearly a century. The phrase connotes a period, as well as an event, an iconic turning point in the growth of a national literature and a canon of texts that would shape American fiction, poetry, and oratory for generations. F. O. Matthiessen coined the term in 1941 to describe the years 1850–1855, which saw the publications of major writings by Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. This Companion takes up the concept of the American Renaissance and explores its origins, meaning, and longevity. Essays by distinguished scholars move chronologically from the formative reading of American Renaissance authors to the careers of major figures ignored by Matthiessen, including Stowe, Douglass, Harper, and Longfellow. The volume uses the best of current literary studies, from digital humanities to psychoanalytic theory, to illuminate an era that reaches far beyond the Civil War and continues to shape our understanding of American literature.
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Writers of the American Renaissance

Indeed, throughout the first 75 years of the twentieth century, American literature anthologies offered an extremely narrow view of the American Renaissance. As a testament to the ways in which the literature of nineteenth-century ...

Author: Denise D. Knight

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313321405

Category: Literary Criticism

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A-Z entries detail the lives, works, and critical reception of more than 70 American writers of the 19th century.
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Landscape and Ideology in American Renaissance Literature

... integrative ideal of the American nation , although it is true that such a tendency is qualified in Berlant's ... in the American Renaissance ( New Haven : Yale University Press , 1980 ) , where Irwin argues that for both writers ...

Author: Robert E. Abrams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521830648

Category: Literary Criticism

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Abrams argues that in mid-nineteenth-century American writing, new concepts of space and landscape emerge.
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The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance

Given the prominence of Western esotericism in colonial America, it is reasonable to suggest that the writers of the American Renaissance drew on themes and traditions that were still part of the American ambience in the midnineteenth ...

Author: Arthur Versluis

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195138870

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Thus he demonstrates that Alcott and Emerson were indebted to Hermeticism, Christian theosophy, and Neoplatonism; Fuller to alchemy and Rosicrucianism; Hawthorne to alchemy; and Melville to Gnosticism. In addition to offering a detailed analysis of the esoteric elements in the writings of figures from the American Renaissance, Versluis presents an overview of esotericism in Europe and its offshoots in colonial America. This innovative work will interest students and scholars of religion, literature, American studies, and esotericism."--BOOK JACKET.
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Reconstituting the American Renaissance

Challenging the standard periodization of American literary history , Reconstituting the American Renaissance reinterprets the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman and the relationship of these two authors to each other .

Author: Jay Grossman

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822331160

Category: History

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DIVOffers a revised view of the American Renaissance that shows (a) how the debates about political representatives as they developed around the framing and ratifications of the U.S. Constitution have structured the rhetoric of subsequent generations of writ/div
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Division and Imagined Unity in the American Renaissance

Division and Imagined Unity in the American Renaissance: The Seamless Whole brings attention to otherwise elided connections between the literature and culture. This work builds upon David S. Reynolds's Beneath the American Renaissance: ...

Author: Shawn Thomson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781683931102

Category: History

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In examining the American Renaissance through the era’s multivalent tropes of seams and seamlessness, Thomson materializes the fabric of antebellum life. In this exploration of major works and recovered texts, Thomson offers a new understanding of the sacred, the self, the city, and the nation in antebellum culture.
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The Native American Renaissance

In 1985, Kenneth Lincoln, after reading Louise Erdrich's first novel, Love Medicine, predicted that she could be ranked among the great American writers, with the likes of Eudora Welty, Flannery o'Connor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, ...

Author: Alan R. Velie

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806151311

Category: History

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The outpouring of Native American literature that followed the publication of N. Scott Momaday’s Pulitzer Prize–winning House Made of Dawn in 1968 continues unabated. Fiction and poetry, autobiography and discursive writing from such writers as James Welch, Gerald Vizenor, and Leslie Marmon Silko constitute what critic Kenneth Lincoln in 1983 termed the Native American Renaissance. This collection of essays takes the measure of that efflorescence. The contributors scrutinize writers from Momaday to Sherman Alexie, analyzing works by Native women, First Nations Canadian writers, postmodernists, and such theorists as Robert Warrior, Jace Weaver, and Craig Womack. Weaver’s own examination of the development of Native literary criticism since 1968 focuses on Native American literary nationalism. Alan R. Velie turns to the achievement of Momaday to examine the ways Native novelists have influenced one another. Post-renaissance and postmodern writers are discussed in company with newer writers such as Gordon Henry, Jr., and D. L. Birchfield. Critical essays discuss the poetry of Simon Ortiz, Kimberly Blaeser, Diane Glancy, Luci Tapahonso, and Ray A. Young Bear, as well as the life writings of Janet Campbell Hale, Carter Revard, and Jim Barnes. An essay on Native drama examines the work of Hanay Geiogamah, the Native American Theater Ensemble, and Spider Woman Theatre. In the volume’s concluding essay, Kenneth Lincoln reflects on the history of the Native American Renaissance up to and beyond his seminal work, and discusses Native literature’s legacy and future. The essays collected here underscore the vitality of Native American literature and the need for debate on theory and ideology.
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Beneath the American Renaissance

Increasingly , Subversive literature was written by what I call radical democrats : writers so ardently devoted to the egalitarian ideals of the American democracy that their writings are filled with hyperbolic reverence for the ...

Author: David S. Reynolds

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199976409

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.
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Native American Renaissance

In the last two decades , seminal writing has come from young Native Americans as they emerge out of tribal settings , go to American schools and study formal literatures , then go back to their own people , in country or city ...

Author: Kenneth Lincoln

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520054571

Category: History

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Lincoln presents the writing of today's most gifted Native American authors, against an ethnographic background which should enable a growing number of readers to share his enthusiasm. Lincoln has lived with American Indians, knows them, and is respected by them; all this enhances his book.
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Lost in the Customhouse

Bucking the trend for prophetic and revisionist interpretations, Loving discusses the major work of the last century's canonized writers as restorative adventures with the self and society.

Author: Jerome Loving

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9780877459224

Category: Literary Criticism

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In this spirited challenge to dominant American literary criticism, Jerome Loving extends the traditional period of American literary rebirth to the end of the nineteenth century and argues for the intrinsic value of literature in the face of new historicist and deconstructionist readings. Bucking the trend for prophetic and revisionist interpretations, Loving discusses the major work of the last century's canonized writers as restorative adventures with the self and society. From Washington Irving to Theodore Dreiser, Loving finds the American literary tradition filled with narrators who keep waking up to the central scene of the author's real or imagined life. They travel through a customhouse of the imagination in which the Old World experience of the present is taxed by the New World of the utopian past, where life is always cyclical instead of linear and ameliorative. Loving argues that the central literary experience in nineteenth-century America is the puritanical desire for the time before the loss of innocence - that endless chance of coming into experience anew. Lost in the Customhouse begins with a discussion of Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Thoreau, and Emerson and finds these seminal Renaissance writers waking up primarily to psychological facts which blossomed into the fiction of a self begotten out of the nothingness of experience. In part 2, Loving shifts his attention to the urbanization of the American imagination and discusses Whitman, Twain, Dickinson, James, Chopin, and Dreiser. Here the dream-driven impulse is more clearly influenced by social history: abolition, women's suffrage, industrialization, and the growth of professionalism. Loving focuses upon the role of the woman who finds herself on the same frontier as her male precursors - "with nothing but a carpetbag - that is to say, the [American] ego." Throughout the study, Loving challenges the notion that American literature is preponderately "cultural work." In the epilogue, he packs up his own carpetbag and passes through the European customhouse to find that American writers are more readily perceived as literary geniuses outside of their culture than within it.
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Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies

University Press, 2013); David Greenham, Emerson's Transatlantic Romanticism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). ... Robert Weisbuch, Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson (Chicago: ...

Author: Leslie Eckel

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474418287

Category: Literary Criticism

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New and original collection of scholarly essays examining the literary complexities of the Atlantic world systemThis Companion offers a critical overview of the diverse and dynamic field of Atlantic literary studies, with contributions by distinguished scholars on a series of topics that define the area. The essays focus on literature and culture from first contact to the present, exploring fruitful Atlantic connections across space and time, across national cultures, and embracing literature, culture and society. This research collection proposes that the analysis of literature and culture does not depend solely upon geographical setting to uncover textual meaning. Instead, it offers Atlantic connections based around migration, race, gender and sexuality, ecologies, and other significant ideological crossovers in the Atlantic World. The result is an exciting new critical map written by leading international researchers of a lively and expanding field. Key FeaturesOffers an introduction to the growing field of Atlantic literary studies by showcasing current work engaged in debate around historical, cultural and literary issues in the Atlantic WorldIncludes 26 newly-commissioned scholarly essays by leading experts in Atlantic literary studiesFuses breadth of historical knowledge with depth of literary scholarshipConsiders the full range of intercultural encounters around and across the Atlantic Ocean
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Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics H R

New York : Monthly Review Press , 1951 ; White , George Abbott . “ Ideology and Literature : American Renaissance and F. O. Matthiessen . ” Literature and Revolution , special issue of TriQuarterly 23/24 ( Winter / Spring 1972 ) : 430– ...

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313329400

Category: Politics and literature

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More than 500 alphabetically arranged entries by more than 200 expert contributors overview the complex relationship between literature and politics.
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