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

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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

Dedication
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: The Music of America1
2The Ritual of Consensus29
3The Ends of Puritan Rhetoric68
4Cotton Mather and the Vision of America90
5The Typology of Mission, from Edwards to Independence147
6Continuing Revolution: George Bancroft and the Myth of Process168
7The Return of Hester Prynne194
8Pierre, or the Ambiguities of American Literary History246
9Emerson, Individualism, and Liberal Dissent307
10The Problem of Ideology in a Time of Dissensus353
Notes377
Index411

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