New England Beyond Criticism: In Defense of America's First Literature (Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos)

New England Beyond Criticism: In Defense of America's First Literature (Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos)

By: Elisa New (author)Paperback

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Timely and beautifully written, New England Beyond Criticism provides a passionate defense of the importance of the literature of New England to the American literary canon, and its impact on the development of spirituality, community, and culture in America. * An exploration and defense of the prominence of New England s literary tradition within the canon of American literature * Traces the impact of the literature of New England on the development of spirituality, community, and culture in America * Includes in-depth studies of work from authors and poets such as William Bradford, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau, Susan Howe, and Marilynne Robinson * Examines the place and impression of New England literature in the nation s intellectual history and the lives of its readers

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Elisa New is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature and Language at Harvard University. She is the author of The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry (2009), Jacob s Cane: A Jewish Family s Journey From the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore (2009 and 2011), andThe Lines Eye: Poetic Experience, American Sight (1999).


Acknowledgments vii 1 Introduction: New England Beyond Criticism 1 Part I Excitations: Protestant Ups and Downs 21 2 Variety as Religious Experience: Four Case Studies: Dickinson, Edwards, Taylor, and Cotton 23 3 The Popularity of Doom: From Wigglesworth, Poe, and Stowe through The Da Vinci Code 47 4 I Take No Less than Skies : Dickinson s Flights 75 Part II Congregations: Rites of Assembly 103 5 Lost in the Woods Again: Coming Home to Wilderness in Bradford, Thoreau, Frost, and Bishop 105 6 Growing Up a Goodman: Hawthorne s Way 140 7 Shall Not Perish from the Earth : The Counting of Souls in Jewett, Du Bois, E.A. Robinson, and Frost 160 8 Disinheriting New England: Robert Lowell s Reformations 201 Part III Matriculations: In Academic Terms 225 9 Winter at the Corner of Quincy and Harvard: The Brothers James 227 10 Upon a Peak in Beinecke: The Beauty of the Book in the Poetry of Susan Howe 235 11 Balm for the Prodigal: Marilynne Robinson s Gilead 265 12 A Fable for Critics: Autobiographical Epilogue 279 Index 308

Product Details

  • publication date: 23/05/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781118854549
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 332
  • ID: 9781118854549
  • weight: 430
  • ISBN10: 1118854543

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