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The American Puritan elegy : a literary and cultural study

Author: Jeffrey Hammond
Publisher: CAmbridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 123.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jeffrey Hammond's study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to demonstrate how they responded to a specific process of mourning defined by Puritan views on death and grief. The elegies emerge, he argues, not as "poems" to be read and appreciated in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Hammond
ISBN: 0521662451 9780521662451
OCLC Number: 59400901
Description: xv, 264 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Monuments enduring and otherwise --
2. Toward an anthropology of Puritan reading --
3. Weep for yourselves: the Puritan theology of mourning --
4. This potent fence: the holy sin of grief --
5. Lord, is it I?: Christic saints and apostolic mourners --
6. Diffusing all by pattern: the reading of saintly lives --
Epilogue: Aestheticizing loss.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 123.
Responsibility: Jeffrey A. Hammond.

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Jeffrey Hammond's study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy.  Read more...

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