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Revisionary Interventions into the Americanist Canon

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ISBN-10: 0822314932

ISBN-13: 9780822314936

Edition: 1994

Authors: Donald E. Pease

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Throughout the era of the Cold War a consensus reigned as to what constituted the great works of American literature. Yet as scholars have increasingly shown, and as this volume unmistakably demonstrates, that consensus was built upon the repression of the voices and historical contexts of subordinated social groups as well as literary works themselves, works both outside and within the traditional canon. This book is an effort to recover those lost voices. Engaging New Historicist, neo-Marxist, poststructuralist, and other literary practices, this volume marks important shifts in the organizing principles and self-understanding of the field of American Studies. Originally published as a special issue of boundary 2 , the essays gathered here discuss writers as diverse as Kate Chopin, Frederick Douglass, Emerson, Melville, W. D. Howells, Henry James, W. E. B. DuBois, and Mark Twain, plus the historical figure John Brown. Two major sections devoted to the theory of romance and to cultural-historical analyses emphasize the political perspective of "New Americanist" literary and cultural study.Contributors.William E. Cain, Wai-chee Dimock, Howard Horwitz, Gregory S. Jay, Steven Mailloux, John McWilliams, Susan Mizruchi, Donald E. Pease, Ivy Schweitzer, Priscilla Wald, Michael Warner, Robert Weimann
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/17/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.95" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Branka Arsi is associate professor of American literature at the University at Albany, SUNY. Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. Stanley Cavell is the Walter M. Cabot Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University.

Preface
New Americanists: Revisionist Interventions in to the Canon
The Res Publica of Letters
The Rationale for "The American Romance"
Scarcity, Subjectivity, and Emerson
Hearing Narrative Voices in Melville's Pierre
The Rhetorical Use and Abuse of Fiction: Eating Books in Late Nineteenth-Century American
Maternal Discourse and the Romance of Self-Possession in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
Realism, Ideology, and the Novel in American (1886-1896): Changing Perspectives in the Work of Mark Twain
American Literature and the New Historicism: The Example of Frederick Douglass
"Ours by the Law of Naure": Romance and Independents on Mark Twain's River
Cataloging the Creatures of the Deep: "Billy Budd, Sailor" and the Rise of Sociology
Violence, Revolution and the Cost of Freedom
Contributors
Index