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Ideology and Classic American Literature : Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture - Sacvan Bercovitch

Ideology and Classic American Literature

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

By: Sacvan Bercovitch (Editor), Myra Jehlen (Editor)

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Published: 25th April 1988
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This volume of essays brings together some of the best work by Americanists concerned with the problem of ideology and its bearing upon American literature and culture. It projects neither a particular ideological view nor a particular view of ideology. On the contrary: these essays highlight the many uses of ideology as a critical term, and, in doing so, they open fresh avenues of inquiry and forums for discussion. They also demonstrate that, far from being parochial or reductive, ideological analysis is integral to considerations of formal structure and crucial to an understanding of the relations between literature and culture. Their essays deal variously with theoretical issues, with questions of theme, genre, and perspective, and with interpretations of particular authors and texts. The editors of the volume provide a general introduction to the nature and development of ideological critique, and an afterword that discusses the coherence of the volume as a whole and its implications for further study.

Acknowledgments
Introdution: beyond transcendence
Reassessments
Symbol and idea in Virgin Land
Pastoralism in America
Myth and the production of history
American criticism left and right
Perspectives
The novel and the middle class in America
Figurations for a new American literary history
American studies as a cultural program
Reification and American literature
Texts
Mysteries of the city: a reading of Poe's 'The Man of the Crowd'
The politics of The Scarlet Letter
Sentimental power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the politics of literary history
Walden and the 'curse of trade'
The Example of Melville
Melville's economy of language
Art, religion, and the problem of authority in Pierre
The hive of subtlety: 'Benito Cereno' and the liberal hero
Melville and cultural persuasion
Afterword Sacvan Bercovitch
Selected bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521273091
ISBN-10: 0521273099
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 25th April 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.68