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

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

by John Carlos Rowe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231058942

ISBN-13: 9780231058940

Pub. Date: 12/29/1996

Publisher: Columbia University Press

AWARDED: A Choice 1997 Oustanding Book of the Year

Representative works are interpreted in light of the two great political movements of the nineteenth century: the abolition of slavery and the women's rights movement. By reexamining Emerson, Poe, Melville, Douglass, Walt Whitman, Chopin, and Faulkner and others, Rowe assesses the degree to which major

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AWARDED: A Choice 1997 Oustanding Book of the Year

Representative works are interpreted in light of the two great political movements of the nineteenth century: the abolition of slavery and the women's rights movement. By reexamining Emerson, Poe, Melville, Douglass, Walt Whitman, Chopin, and Faulkner and others, Rowe assesses the degree to which major writers' attitudes toward race, class, and gender contribute to specific political reforms in nineteenth and twentieth-century American culture.

-Rowe's is a . . . provocative . . . important contribution both to literary history's methodology and to understanding the individual writers and the works he examines and discusses in detail. -Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231058940
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/29/1996
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile:
1640L (what's this?)
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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