Beneath the American Renaissance The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville

ISBN-10: 0199782849

ISBN-13: 9780199782840

Edition: 2011

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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/29/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography; John Brown, Abolitionist; Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville; Mightier Than the Sword: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the Battle for America; Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson; Walt Whitman; George Lippard; and Faith in Fiction: The Emergence of Religious Literature in America. Reynolds is the editor or coeditor of seven books, including Whitman's Leaves of Grass: The 150th Anniversary Edition, A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Splendid Edition, and George Lippard's The Quaker City; or, The Monks of Monk Hall. He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Christian Gauss Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Open Text: American Writers and Their Environment
God's Bow, Man's Arrows: Religion, Reform, and American Literature
The New Religious Style
The Reform Impulse and the Paradox of Immoral Didacticism
The Transcendentalists, Whitman, and Popular Reform
Hawthorne and the Reform Impulse
Melville's Whited Sepulchres
Public Poison: Sensationalism and Sexuality
The Sensational Press and the Rise of Subversive Literature
The Erotic Imagination
Poe and Popular Irrationalism
Hawthorne's Cultural Demons
Melville's Ruthless Democracy
Whitman's Transfigured Sensationalism
Other Amazons: Women's Rights, Women's Wrongs, and the literary Imagination
Types of American Womanhood
Hawthorne's Heroines
The American Women's Renaissance and Emily Dickinson
The Grotesque Posture: Popular Humor and the American Subversive Style
The Carnivalization of American Language
Transcendental Wild Oats
Whitman's Poetic Humor
Stylized Laughter in Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
Epilogue
Reconstructive Criticism: Literary Theory and Literary History
Notes
Index
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