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In Respect to Egotism : Studies in American Romantic Writing - Joel Porte

In Respect to Egotism

Studies in American Romantic Writing

Hardcover Published: 7th February 2013
ISBN: 9780521362733
Number Of Pages: 336

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Joel Porte offers a timely reassessment of nineteenth century literature, focusing on the general question of the American Romantic ego and its varying modalities of self-creation, self-display, self-projection, and self-concealment. The book begins by exploring the status of the "text" in nineteenth-century American writing, the relationship of "rhetorical" reading to historical context, and the nature of "Romanticism" in an American setting. Porte then concentrates on the great authors of the period through a series of thematically linked but critically discrete essays on Brown, Irving, Parkman, Cooper, Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Melville, Frederick Douglass, Stowe, Whitman, and Dickinson. Throughout his important new study, Porte offers provocative reassessments of familiar texts while at the same time casting an illuminating critical eye on less well-known territory. Readers of this book will come away with increased respect for the achievement of American Romantic writers.

Industry Reviews

"...a valuable addition to nineteenth-century American studies...Because of its penetrating and also wide-ranging analysis, this book belongs on the shelf with such other classics about American literature in its formative stages as R.W.B. Lewis's The American Adam (1955), Richard Chase's The American Novel and Its Traditions (1957), Harry Levin's The Power of Blackness (1960), and Leo Mmarx's The Machine in the Garden (1964)." Journal of the Early Republic "Porte's book is a remarkable accomplishment, and should be read by anyone interested in the American 'classics'." American Literature

Introduction: Writing, reading, Romanticism
'Where" Is this singular career to terminate?': Bewildered pilgrims in early American fiction
'Where there is no vision, the people perish" ': Prophets and Pariahs in the Forest of the New World
Poe: Romantic centre, critical margin
Emerson: experiments in self-creation
Hawthorne: 'The obscurest man of letters in America'
Thoreau's self-perpetuating artefacts
Melville: Romantic cock-and-bull or, the great art of telling the truth
Douglass and Stowe: scriptures of the redeemed self
Whitman: 'Take me as I am or not at all" '
Interchapter: Walt and Emily
Dickinson's 'Celestial vail': snowbound in self-consciousness
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ISBN: 9780521362733
ISBN-10: 0521362733
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 7th February 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61