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Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture - Barbara B. Oberg

Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture

By: Barbara B. Oberg (Editor), Harry S. Stout (Editor)

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Published: 20th May 1993
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No colonial figures so completely anticipated the shape of American culture - at once material and spiritual, piously secular and pragmatically sacred - as did Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin.
Commonly labeled "Puritan" and "Yankee" respectively, Edwards and Franklin evoke seemingly opposite ideals. Puritan values, embraced by Edwards and sustained in American "evangelicalism," focus on God, communal faith, and self-denial. Yankee attributes, espoused by Franklin and sustained in American liberal republicanism, coalesce around the trinity of hard work, independent virtue, and utilitarian self-happiness. For two and a half centuries these alternative emphases and orientations have coexisted in uneasy tension both individually and in American society at large.
In contrast to traditional comparative studies, which portray Edwards and Franklin as mutually exclusive ideal types, this interdisciplinary collection of essays allows polemical contrasts to disappear and Edwards and Franklin emerge as contrapuntal themes in a larger unity. From these essays, written by distinguished historians and literary critics such as Ruth Bloch, Edwin S. Gaustad, Daniel Walker Howe, J. A. Leo Lemay, and David Levin, emerges a portrait of two men who shared a common concern with mind, character, and virtue that shaped a legacy that would define much of American character for generations to come.

"This valuable collection of essays is a good place to start in deepening and revising our assessment of Edwards and Franklin."--William and Mary Quarterly "This is an important collection of original essays."--Church History

Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Mind
Religious Affections and Religious Affectations: Antinomianism and Hypocrisy in the Writings of Edwards and Franklinp. 13
Enlightenment and Awakening in Edwards and Franklinp. 27
The Nature of True--and Useful--Virtue: From Edwards to Franklinp. 42
"A Wall Between Them Up to Heaven": Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklinp. 58
Franklin, Edwards, and the Problem of Human Naturep. 75
Culture
The Two Cultures in Eighteenth-Century Americap. 101
The Laughter of One: Sweetness and Light in Franklin and Edwardsp. 114
Women, Love, and Virtue in the Thought of Edwards and Franklinp. 134
The Selling of the Self: From Franklin to Barnump. 152
Language
Reason, Rhythm, and Stylep. 171
Rhetorical Strategies in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and Narrative of the Late Massacres in Lancaster Countyp. 186
Humanizing the Monster: Integral Self Versus Bodied Soul in the Personal Writings of Franklin and Edwardsp. 204
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780195077759
ISBN-10: 019507775X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 20th May 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.53