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The Reign of Wonder : Naivety and Reality in American Literature - Tony Tanner

The Reign of Wonder

Naivety and Reality in American Literature

Paperback Published: 1st August 1977
ISBN: 9780521291989
Number Of Pages: 400

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The adopted attitude towards reality and experience in American literature tends to be one of wonder and cultivated naivety rather than analysis and judgement. In this book, Dr Tanner offers some reasons for this and seeks to demonstrate the peculiar importance of wonder in American literature, by examining a number of key writers and showing how they confronted and assimilated reality at the same time he considers some of the difficulties incurred by this approach and studies its effects on American style.

Introduction: the sleep of reason
The Transcendentalists
Saints behold: the transcendentalist point of view
Emerson: the unconquered eye and the enchanted circle
Thoreau and the sauntering eye
Walt Whitman's ecstatic first step
Mark Twain
The doctors of the wilderness
A system of reduction
The voice of the outlaw
The pond of youth
Huck Finn and the reflections of a saphead
The Twentieth Century
Gertrude Stein and the complete actual present
Sherwood Anderson's Little Things
Ernest Hemingway's Unhurried Sensations
Henry James
The candid outsider
The range of wonderment
The subjective adventure
Afterword: wonder and alienation - the mystic and the moviegoer
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ISBN: 9780521291989
ISBN-10: 0521291984
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 1977
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.5