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New England Literary Culture : From Revolution through Renaissance - Lawrence Buell

New England Literary Culture

From Revolution through Renaissance

Paperback Published: 4th September 1989
ISBN: 9780521378017
Number Of Pages: 528

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This book is a study of the development of New England literature and literary institutions from the American Revolutionary era to the late nineteenth century. Professor Buell explores the foundations, growth and literary results of the professionalization of the writing vocation. He pays particular attention to the major writers - Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Stowe and Dickinson - but surveys them with a number of lesser-known authors, and explores the conventions, values and institutions which affected them all. Some of the main topics covered include the distinctive features of the Early National and Antebellum periods in New England writing; the importance of certain literary genres (poetry, oratory and religious narrative; etc.); the impact of Puritanism and its values; and the invention of acceptable conventions for portraying the New England landscape and institutions in literature.

Four Overviews
Theoretical premises
A narrative overview of New England+s literary development
Marketplace, ethos, practice: the Antebellum literary situation
Neoclassical continuities: the early national era and the New England literary tradition
Three Representative Genres
New England Poetics: Emerson, Dickinson, and others
New England oratory from Everett to Emerson
Literary scripturism
Reinventing Puritanism: the New England Historical Imagination
The concept of puritan ancestry
The politics of historiography
Fictionalizing puritan history: some problems and approaches
Hawthorne and Stowe as rival interpreters of New England Puritanism
New England as a Country of the Imagination: The Spirit of Place
The cultural landscape in regional poetry and prose
The village as icon
Lococentrism from Dwight to Thoreau
Comic grotesque
Provincial Gothic: Hawthorne, Stoddard, and others
Postscript
Appendix
Vital statistics: a quantitative analysis of authorship as a profession in New England
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ISBN: 9780521378017
ISBN-10: 052137801X
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 4th September 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.48
Weight (kg): 0.67