The Crossroads of American History and Literature

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The Crossroads of American History and Literature collects two decades' worth of the best-known essays of Philip F. Gura. Beginning with a definitive overview of studies of colonial literature, Gura ranges through such subjects in colonial American history as the intellectual life of the Connecticut River Valley, Cotton Mather's understanding of political leadership, and the religious upheavals of the Great Awakening. In the nineteenth century, he visits such varied topics as the history of print culture in rural...
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Overview

The Crossroads of American History and Literature collects two decades' worth of the best-known essays of Philip F. Gura. Beginning with a definitive overview of studies of colonial literature, Gura ranges through such subjects in colonial American history as the intellectual life of the Connecticut River Valley, Cotton Mather's understanding of political leadership, and the religious upheavals of the Great Awakening. In the nineteenth century, he visits such varied topics as the history of print culture in rural communities, the philological interests of the Transcendentalist Elizabeth Peabody, the craft and business of the early Amerian music trades, and Thoreau's interest in exploration literature and in the Native American. Displaying remarkable sophistication in a variety of fields that, taken together, constitute the heart of American Studies, this collection illustrates the complexity of American cultural history.

Philip F. Gura is Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Wisdom of Words: Language, Theology, and Literature in the American Renaissance (Wesleyan, 1981) and A Glimpse of Sion's Glory: Puritan Radicalism in New England, 1620-1660 (Wesleyan, 1984), and editor, with Joel Myerson, of Critical Essays on American Transcendentalism (G. K. Hall, 1982).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271024837
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2004
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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Philip F. Gura is Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Wisdom of Words: Language, Theology, and Literature in the American Renaissance (1981) and A Glimpse of Sion's Glory: Puritan Radicalism in New England, 1620–1660 (1984), and editor, with Joel Myerson, of Critical Essays on American Transcendentalism (1982).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Tangents to a Sphere 1
1 The Study of Colonial American Literature, 1966-1987: A Vade Mecum 12
2 Preparing the Way for Stoddard: Eleazer Mather's Serious Exhortation to Northampton 55
3 Cotton Mather's Life of Phips: "A Vice with the Vizard of Vertue Upon It" 64
4 Solomon Stoddard's Irreverent Way 79
5 Sowing for the Harvest: The Reverend William Williams and the Great Awakening 95
6 Early Nineteenth-Century Printing in Rural Massachusetts: John Howe of Greenwich and Enfield, c. 1803-1845 114
7 The Reverend Parsons Cooke and Ware Factory Village: A New Missionary Field 140
8 The Transcendentalists and Language: The Unitarian Exegetical Background 157
9 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and the Philosophy of Language 174
10 Manufacturing Guitars for the American Parlor: James Ashborn's Wolcottville, Connecticut, Factory, 1851-1856 190
11 Thoreau and John Josselyn 221
12 Thoreau's Maine Woods Indians: More Representative Men 234
13 Language and Meaning: An American Tradition 252
Index 273
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