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Beneath the American Renaissance : the subversive imagination in the age of Emerson and Melville

Author: David S Reynolds
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A study of prominent 19th century American writers shows how they assimilated themes and images from popular culture into their art, particulary sensationalistic literature that addressed controversial themes such as religion, slavery, sexual mores, and workers' and women's rights.
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Reynolds, David S., 1948-
Beneath the American Renaissance.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1988
(OCoLC)646837473
Named Person: Ralph Waldo Emerson; Herman Melville; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Herman Melville
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David S Reynolds
ISBN: 039454448X 9780394544489
OCLC Number: 17385280
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 625 p., [16] p. of plates : facsims., ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : The open text: American writers and their environment --
Pt. 1 : God's bow, man's arrows: religion, reform, and American literature : The new religious style --
The reform impulse and the paradox of immoral didacticism --
The transcendentalists, Whitman, and popular reform --
Hawthorne and the reform impulse --
Melville's whited sepulchres Pt. 2 : Public poison: sensationalism and sexuality : The sensational press and the rise of subversive literature --
The erotic imagination --
Poe and popular irrationalism --
Hawthorne's cultural demons --
Melville's ruthless democracy --
Whitman's transfigured sensationalism Pt. 3 : Other Amazons: women's rights, women's wrongs, and the literary imagination : Types of American womanhood --
Hawthorne's heroines --
The American women's renaissance and Emily Dickinson Pt. 4 : The grotesque posture: popular humor and the American subversive style : The carnivalization of American language --
Transcendental wild oats --
Whitman's poetic humor --
Stylized laughter in Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville --
Epilogue : Reconstructive criticism: literary theory and literary history.
Other Titles: Subversive imagination in the age of Emerson and Melville.
Responsibility: David S. Reynolds.
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A study of prominent 19th century American writers shows how they assimilated themes and images from popular culture into their art, particulary sensationalistic literature that addressed controversial themes such as religion, slavery, sexual mores, and workers' and women's rights.

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