Beneath the American Renaissance : the subversive imagination in the age of Emerson and Melville /

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Main Author: Reynolds, David S., 1948-
Format: Book
Language:English
Edition:1st ed.
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Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • The Open Text: American Writers and Their Environment
  • Part 1. God's Bow, Man's Arrows: Religion, Reform, and American Literature
  • 1. The New Religious Style
  • 2. The Reform Impulse and the Paradox of Immoral Didacticism
  • 3. The Transcendentalists, Whitman, and Popular Reform
  • 4. Hawthorne and the Reform Impulse
  • 5. Melville's Whited Sepulchres
  • Part 2. Public Poison: Sensationalism and Sexuality
  • 6. The Sensational Press and the Rise of Subversive Literature
  • 7. The Erotic Imagination
  • 8. Poe and Popular Irrationalism
  • 9. Hawthorne's Cultural Demons
  • 10. Melville's Ruthless Democracy
  • 11. Whitman's Transfigured Sensationalism
  • Part 3. Other Amazons: Women's Rights, Women's Wrongs, and the Literary Imagination
  • 12. Types of American Womanhood
  • 13. Hawthorne's Heroines
  • 14. The American Women's Renaissance and Emily Dickinson
  • Part 4. The Grotesque Posture: Popular Humor and the American Subversive Style
  • 15. The Carnivalization of American Language
  • 16. Transcendental Wild Oats
  • 17. Whitman's Poetic Humor
  • 18. Stylized Laughter in Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
  • Epilogue Reconstructive Criticism: Literary Theory and Literary History
  • Notes
  • Index

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