Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards and the Representation of American Culture [NOOK Book]

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No colonial figures so completely anticipated the shape of American culture - at once material and spiritual, piously secular and pragmatically sacred - as did Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin. Commonly labeled "Puritan" and "Yankee" respectively, Edwards and Franklin evoke seemingly opposite ideals. Puritan values, embraced by Edwards and sustained in American "evangelicalism," focus on God, communal faith, and self-denial. Yankee attributes, espoused by Franklin and sustained in American liberal ...
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Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards and the Representation of American Culture

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No colonial figures so completely anticipated the shape of American culture - at once material and spiritual, piously secular and pragmatically sacred - as did Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin. Commonly labeled "Puritan" and "Yankee" respectively, Edwards and Franklin evoke seemingly opposite ideals. Puritan values, embraced by Edwards and sustained in American "evangelicalism," focus on God, communal faith, and self-denial. Yankee attributes, espoused by Franklin and sustained in American liberal republicanism, coalesce around the trinity of hard work, independent virtue, and utilitarian self-happiness. For two and a half centuries these alternative emphases and orientations have coexisted in uneasy tension both individually and in American society at large. In contrast to traditional comparative studies, which portray Edwards and Franklin as mutually exclusive ideal types, this interdisciplinary collection of essays allows polemical contrasts to disappear and Edwards and Franklin emerge as contrapuntal themes in a larger unity. From these essays, written by distinguished historians and literary critics such as Ruth Bloch, Edwin S. Gaustad, Daniel Walker Howe, J. A. Leo Lemay, and David Levin, emerges a portrait of two men who shared a common concern with mind, character, and virtue that shaped a legacy that would define much of American character for generations to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195344875
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/1993
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 465 KB

Table of Contents

Contributors
1 Introduction 3
Mind
2 Religious Affections and Religious Affectations: Antinomianism and Hypocrisy in the Writings of Edwards and Franklin 13
3 Enlightenment and Awakening in Edwards and Franklin 27
4 The Nature of True - and Useful - Virtue: From Edwards to Franklin 42
5 "A Wall Between Them Up to Heaven": Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin 58
6 Franklin, Edwards, and the Problem of Human Nature 75
Culture
7 The Two Cultures in Eighteenth-Century America 101
8 The Laughter of One: Sweetness and Light in Franklin and Edwards 114
9 Women, Love, and Virtue in the Thought of Edwards and Franklin 134
10 The Selling of the Self: From Franklin to Barnum 152
11 Reason, Rhythm, and Style 171
12 Rhetorical Strategies in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and Narrative of the Late Massacres in Lancaster County 186
13 Humanizing the Monster: Integral Self Versus Bodied Soul in the Personal Writings of Franklin and Edwards 204
Index 219
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