Puritan Origins of the American Self With a New Perface

ISBN-10: 0300172419
ISBN-13: 9780300172416
Edition: 2011
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Description: Sacvan Bercovitch's subject is the development of the concept of American identity. Centering upon the interaction of language, myth and society, he explores the Puritan achievement in its broadest cultural context.

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 5/31/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Sacvan Bercovitch's subject is the development of the concept of American identity. Centering upon the interaction of language, myth and society, he explores the Puritan achievement in its broadest cultural context.

Sacvan Bercovitch, who is a professor at Harvard University, is probably the most influential critic in American studies today. Tracing the function of rhetoric in American writing from the Puritans through the nineteenth century, Bercovitch has argued that the persuasiveness of rhetoric is in proportion to its capacity to help people act in history. In his books, Bercovitch has revealed the power of American rhetoric as it creates a myth of America that conflates religious and political issues, transforming even the most despairing and critical energies into affirmations of the American way. Among his major arguments is the idea that the rhetoric of America's colonial sermons and histories, founding documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, and novels of the American Renaissance, all participate in the project of transforming what he calls dissensus into rituals of consensus.

Preface to the 2011 Edition
Preface
Puritanism and the Self
The Vision of History
The Elect Nation in New England
From Hermeneutics to Symbolism
The Myth of America
Appendix: Cotton Mather's Life of John Winthrop
Notes
Index

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