The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America / Edition 1

The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America / Edition 1

by Sacvan Bercovitch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415900158

ISBN-13: 9780415900157

Pub. Date: 11/10/1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Rites of Assent examines the cultural strategies through which "America" served as a vehicle simultaneously for diversity and cohesion, fusion and fragmentation. Taking an ethnographic, cross-cultural approach, The Rites of Assent traces the meanings and purposes of "America" back to the colonial typology of mission, and specifically (in chapters

Overview

The Rites of Assent examines the cultural strategies through which "America" served as a vehicle simultaneously for diversity and cohesion, fusion and fragmentation. Taking an ethnographic, cross-cultural approach, The Rites of Assent traces the meanings and purposes of "America" back to the colonial typology of mission, and specifically (in chapters on Puritan rhetoric, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and the movement from Revival to Revolution) to the legacy of early New England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415900157
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/10/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: The Music of America 2. The Ritual of Consensus 3. The Ends of Puritan Rhetoric 4. Cotton Mather and the Vision of America 5. The Typology of Mission, from Edwards to Independence 6. Continuing Revolution: George Bancroft and the Myth of

Progress 7. The Return of Hester Prynne 8. Pierre, or the Ambiguities of Literary History 9. Emerson, Individualism, and Liberal Dissent 10. The Problem of Ideology in American Literary Studies Endnotes Index

wider range of American literature and culture. Rites of Assent will obviously be required reading for Americanists in every field (Gerald Graff, George M. Pullman Professor of English and Education)

rhetoric that have mystified millions for two centuries. These essays will again awaken his audience to the delusions of the American dream and leave some wishing they could go back to sleep. (Emory Elliott, Presidential Chair of English, University of California)

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