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Experience and experimental writing : literary pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Author: Paul Grimstad
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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"American pragmatism is premised on the notion that to find out what something means, look to fruits rather than roots. But, as Paul Grimstad shows, the thought of the classical pragmatists is itself the fruit of earlier experiments in American literature. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and (contemporaneously with the flowering of pragmatism) Henry James, each in their different ways  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Grimstad
ISBN: 9780199874071 0199874077
OCLC Number: 823380555
Description: x, 182 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The method of nature: The Unitarian schism ; Uses of natural history ; The miracles controversy ; Joyous science ; Amor fati (beautiful limits) --
Non-reasoning creatures: Antebellum AI ; Peirce machines ; Jumping to conclusions ; Species and genre ; Philosophy of composition --
Unearthing Pierre: Moby-Dick reviewed ; Talking pictures (gothic metaphysics) ; Chronometricals and horologicals ; The refused daguerreotype ; Enceladus and allegory --
The ambassador effect: Genteel tradition ; Two types of radical empiricism ; The Woollett scale ; Two types of cosmopolitanism ; "Then there we are!" --
Conclusion: Compatibilism, genre, allegory, cosmopolitanism.
Other Titles: Literary pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses
Responsibility: Paul Grimstad.
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The book traces connections between the literary experiments of Emerson, Poe, Melville, and Henry James, and the emergence of classical American pragmatism.  Read more...

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