When Sacvan Bercovitch's The American Jeremiad first appeared in 1978, it was hailed as a landmark study of dissent and cultural formation in America, from the Puritans' writings through the major literary works of the antebellum era. For this long-awaited anniversary edition, Bercovitch has written a deeply thoughtful and challenging new preface that reflects on his classic study of the role of the political sermon, or jeremiad, in America from a contemporary perspective, while assessing developments in the field of American studies and the culture at large.
About the Author
Sacvan Bercovitch is the Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a former president of the American Studies Association and the general editor of the eight-volume Cambridge History of American Literature.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: The Puritan Errand Reassessed
2 The Blessings of Time and Eternity
3 The Genetics of Salvation
4 The Typology of America's Mission
5 Ritual of Consensus
6 Epilogue: The Symbol of America
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While the subject matter for American Jeremiad might appear incredibly specialist (in other words, overly academic to the average reader) Berkovitch really presents to us all of the wealth, intrigue, and influence that such a specific cultural phenomenon has had on American history. Truly the enlightening read!