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American terror : the feeling of thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville

Author: Paul Hurh
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"If America is a nation founded upon Enlightenment ideals, then why are so many of its most celebrated pieces of literature so dark? American Terror returns to the question of American literature's distinctive tone of terror through a close study of three authors--Jonathan Edwards, Edgar Allan Poe, and Herman Melville--who not only wrote works of terror, but who defended, theorized, and championed it. Combining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Jonathan Edwards; Edgar Allan Poe; Herman Melville; Jonathan Edwards; Edgar Allan Poe; Herman Melville; Jonathan Edwards; Herman Melville; Edgar Allan Poe; Jonathan Edwards; Edgar Allan Poe; Herman Melville
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Hurh
ISBN: 9780804791144 0804791147
OCLC Number: 894746190
Description: x, 298 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : reopening darkness --
Awakening terror : hellfire preaching, Jonathan Edwards, and the logic of revivalist affect --
Critical terrors : Poe's aesthetic terror and the claims of art after Jena --
The air of analysis : resolution and composition in Poe's sublime and confessional tales --
The uneven balance : dialectical terror in Moby-Dick --
Dread : space, time, and automata in The piazza tales --
Afterword : "some dim, random way."
Responsibility: Paul Hurh.

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"In this fascinating study, Hurh explores the philosophical and historical foundations of the 'distinctive tone of terror' in the work of Jonathan Edwards, Edgar Allan Poe, and Herman Melville . . . Read more...

 
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