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Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature

Author: John Hay
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2017 ©2017
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 164.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Even before the Civil War, American writers were imagining life after a massive global catastrophe. For many, the blank slate of the American continent was instead a wreckage-strewn wasteland, a new world in ruins. Bringing together epic and lyric poems, fictional tales, travel narratives, and scientific texts, Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature reveals that US authors who enthusiastically  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)987682928
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Hay
ISBN: 9781108289566 1108289568 9781108418249 1108418244 9781108307826 1108307825
OCLC Number: 1005671658
Description: 1 online resource (x, 238 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: ""Cover ""; ""Half-title page""; ""Series page""; ""Title page""; ""Copyright page""; ""Contents""; ""List of Illustrations""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction A New World in Ruins""; ""The Postapocalyptic Fantasy: Semi-Secular Timescapes""; ""Accelerated Decrepitude: Rapid Progress and Premature Aging in the New Republic""; ""Proleptic Historiography: Americaâ#x80;#x99;s Future Archaeologists and Postapocalyptic Historians""; ""Uncanny Historicism: Speculative Realism in Frontier Travel""; ""Science Faction: Natural History and Postapocalyptic Fantasy""; ""Chapter 1 The American Noah "" ""American Antiquity: James Kirke Paulding and the Native Noah """"Descent from Ararat: Crossing the Alleghenies in Pauldingâ#x80;#x99;s The Backwoodsman ""; ""An Antebellum Antediluvian: Surviving the Flood ""; ""Chapter 2 Narratives of Extinction and the Last Man""; ""Witness to Extinction: The Last Man ""; ""The Last Man in America: James Fenimore Cooperâ#x80;#x99;s Adaptation ""; ""A Nation in Ruins: Who Is the Last of the Mohicans?""; ""AprÃs̈ Moi le Déluge: Coming to Terms with Cooperâ#x80;#x99;s The Crater""; ""Chapter 3 The Magnificent Mound Builders ""; ""Mounds Mania: The Ancient Heartland Empire"" ""Breaking the Form of â#x80;#x9C;The Prairiesâ#x80;#x9D;: William Cullen Bryantâ#x80;#x99;s Archaeological Sublime """"All Abuzz: Nature, Artifice, and the Humble Bee""; ""Managing the Landscape: Bryant among the Trees ""; ""Chapter 4 History Unearthed""; ""New Views: The Postapocalyptic Topographies of Domestic Travel Writing""; ""The American Holy Land: John Lloyd Stephensâ#x80;#x99;s Mayan Excursions""; ""The Step-Mother World: Hawthorneâ#x80;#x99;s â#x80;#x9C;New Adam and Eveâ#x80;#x9D; in Postapocalyptic Boston""; ""Conclusion""; ""Chapter 5 Contact at Ktaadn""; ""Ruins Already: Thoreauâ#x80;#x99;s Tocquevillean Epiphany"" ""The Dustbin of History: Thoreau, Parkman, and the Northern Frontier""""Contact! Carnac!: A Week on Ktaadn and the Merrimack River""; ""Conclusion: Footprints in the Sand""; ""Conclusion: The Revolutionary Ruins of the New West""; ""Postapocalyptic Postscript""; ""Frequently Cited Works""
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 164.
Responsibility: John Hay.

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This book explores the ways that many authors (such as Cooper, Bryant, Hawthorne, and Thoreau) employed postapocalyptic fantasies in their works, showing that life after the end of the world was as  Read more...

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