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Voyages of the Self: Pairs, Parallels and Patterns in American Art and Literature
     

Voyages of the Self: Pairs, Parallels and Patterns in American Art and Literature

by Barbara Novak
 

ISBN-10: 0195387910

ISBN-13: 9780195387919

Pub. Date: 05/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Barbara Novak is one of America's premier art historians, the author of the seminal books American Painting of the Nineteenth Century and Nature and Culture. Now, with the paperback of Voyages of the Self, this esteemed critic completes the trilogy begun with the two earlier works, offering once again an exhilarating exploration of American art and culture. In this

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Barbara Novak is one of America's premier art historians, the author of the seminal books American Painting of the Nineteenth Century and Nature and Culture. Now, with the paperback of Voyages of the Self, this esteemed critic completes the trilogy begun with the two earlier works, offering once again an exhilarating exploration of American art and culture. In this book, Novak explores several inspired pairings of key writers and painters, drawing insightful parallels between such masters as John Singleton Copley and Jonathan Edwards, Winslow Homer and William James, Frederic Edwin Church and Walt Whitman, and Jackson Pollock and Charles Olson. Through these and other groupings, Novak tracks the varied meanings of the self in America, in which the most salient characteristics of each artist or writer is shown to draw from—and in turn influence—the larger map of American life. Two major threads weaving through the book are the American preoccupation with the "object" and our continuing return to pragmatism. Through fruitful comparisons—whether between 29~ley and Edwards, or Lane and Emerson, or Ryder and Dickinson—Novak sheds unmatched light on our nation's artistic heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195387919
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Copley and Edwards: Self, Consciousness, and Thing
2. Emerson and Lane: Luminist Time and the Transcendental Aboriginal Self
3. Thoreau and the Indian Self: Circles, Silence and Democratic Land
4. Whitman and Church: Transcendant Optimism and the Democratic Self
5. Homer and James: The Pragmatic Self made Concrete
6. Dickinson and Ryder: Immortality, Eternity and the Reclusive Self
7. Pollock and Olson: Time, Space, and the Activated Bodily Self

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