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Free will and determinism in American literature

Author: Perry D Westbrook
Publisher: Rutherford [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, ©1979.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Westbrook, Perry D.
Free will and determinism in American literature.
Rutherford [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1979
(OCoLC)643603077
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Perry D Westbrook
ISBN: 0838621503 9780838621509
OCLC Number: 4884666
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 275 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. The predestinated will : St. Augustine. John Calvin. The Thirty-nine Articles and the Westminster Confession. Two Calvinist poets : Michael Wigglesworth and Edward Taylor. Later American Calvinism. Practical accommodations by the Puritans --
2, The predestinated will in American fiction of the Nineteenth century : Nathaniel Hawthorne. Herman Melville. Mary Wilkins Freeman. Emily Dickinson and the hope of conversion --
3. Nineteenth-century authors actively hostile to Calvinistic predestination : Charles Brockden Brown. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Mark Twain --
4. The law for things : naturalism : Emile Zola and Claude Bernard. Thomas Malthus. Karl Marx. Charles Darwin. Herbert Spencer. William Graham Sumner. Henry George and Lester Ward. Hippolyte Taine. Sigmund Freud --
5. Election and natural selection : The prestige of naturalism in America. The fusion of election and natural selection. Responsibilities of the elect and of the fittest. Religious fervor of the Social Darwinists. America as a destined nation --
6. Four deterministic novelists : Stephen Crane. Frank Norris. Jack London. Theodore Dreiser 7. Ellen Glasgow and William Faulkner : vestigial Calvinism and Naturalism combined : Ellen Glasgow. William Faulkner --
8. Libertarian philosophies opposed to predestination and naturalistic determinism : Arminianism. Deism. Transcendentalism. Philosophic idealism. Pragmatism. Humanism --
9. American libertarian novelists : Influence of Russian humanistic novelists. William Dean Howells. Henry James. Edith Wharton. Willa Cather. Ernest Hemingway.
Responsibility: Perry D. Westbrook.

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