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Politics and skepticism in antebellum American literature

Author: Dominic Mastroianni
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture.
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"In confronting their tumultuous time, antebellum American writers often invoked unrevealable secrets. Five of Ralph Waldo Emerson's most inventive interlocutors - Melville, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Douglass, and Jacobs - produced their most riveting political thought in response to Emerson's idea that moods fundamentally shape one's experience of the world, changing only through secret causes that no one fully grasps.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Ralph Waldo Emerson; Herman Melville; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Emily Dickinson; Frederick Douglass, is Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.; Harriet Jacobs
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dominic Mastroianni
ISBN: 9781107076174 110707617X 9781107431669 1107431662
OCLC Number: 884439858
Description: ix, 217 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: secret springs --
1. Moods and the secret cause of revolution in Emerson --
2. Revolutionary time and democracy's cause in Melville's Pierre --
3. Hawthorne and the temperatures of secrecy --
4. Causes of falling, civil war, and the poetics of survival in Dickinson's 'Fascicle 24' --
Conclusion: antislavery writing, skepticism, and scorching words.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture.
Responsibility: Dominic Mastroianni, Clemson University.
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This volume explores the way in which antebellum American writers perceived the political implications of modern philosophical skepticism.  Read more...

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