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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415900157
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/10/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Sacvan Bercovitch is Carswell Professor of English at Harvard University and is currently the General Editor of the multi-volume Cambridge History of American Literature. His previous books include The Puritan Origins of the American Self, The American Jeremiad, and The Office "The Scarlet Letter."

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Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: The Music of America 1
2 The Ritual of Consensus 29
3 The Ends of Puritan Rhetoric 68
4 Cotton Mather and the Vision of America 90
5 The Typology of Mission, from Edwards to Independence 147
6 Continuing Revolution: George Bancroft and the Myth of Process 168
7 The Return of Hester Prynne 194
8 Pierre, or the Ambiguities of American Literary History 246
9 Emerson, Individualism, and Liberal Dissent 307
10 The Problem of Ideology in a Time of Dissensus 353
Notes 377
Index 411
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