At Emerson's Tomb : The Politics of Classic American Literature / Edition 1

At Emerson's Tomb : The Politics of Classic American Literature / Edition 1

by John Carlos Rowe
     
 

Challenges the conventional critical reading of the American poetic project as an engagement with or reaction against Emersonian thought. Rowe demonstrates how ideals of individualism, intellectualism, and otherworldiness inevitably undermine any political effectiveness that a writer may seek to achieve.

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Overview

Challenges the conventional critical reading of the American poetic project as an engagement with or reaction against Emersonian thought. Rowe demonstrates how ideals of individualism, intellectualism, and otherworldiness inevitably undermine any political effectiveness that a writer may seek to achieve.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231058957
Publisher:
Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
Publication date:
12/29/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1At Emerson's Tomb1
2"Hamlet's Task": Emerson's Political Writings17
3Antebellum Slavery and Modern Criticism: Edgar Allan Poe's Pym and "The Purloined Letter"42
4A Critique of Ideology: Herman Melville's Pierre63
5Between Politics and Poetics: Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of an American Slave, Written by Himself96
6Reconstructing The Family: Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl124
7The Body Poetic: Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps145
8Fatal Speculations - Murder, Money, and Manners: Mark Twain's The Gilded Age and Pudd'nhead Wilson162
9The Politics of Innocence: Henry James' The American179
10The Economics of The Body: Kate Chopin's The Awakening200
11The African-American Voice: William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses222
12Revivals247
Notes253
Index293

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