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Slavery, philosophy, and American literature, 1830-1860

Author: Maurice S Lee
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 148.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Maurice S. Lee demonstrates for the first time how the slavery crisis became a crisis of philosophy that exposed the breakdown of national consensus and the limits of rational authority. Poe, Stowe, Douglass, Melville, and Emerson were among the antebellum authors who tried - and failed - to find rational solutions to the slavery conflict. Drawing on antebellum moral philosophy, political theory, and metaphysics,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice S Lee
ISBN: 9780521846530 0521846536
OCLC Number: 57574685
Description: viii, 223 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Absolute Poe --
"Lord, it's so hard to be good" : affect and agency in Stowe --
Taking care of the philosophy : Douglass's commonsense --
Melville and the state of war --
Toward a transcendental politics : Emerson's second thought --
Epilogue : an unfinished and not unhappy ending.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 148.
Responsibility: Maurice S. Lee.
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Lee demonstrates how Melville, Emerson and others tried to find rational solutions to the slavery conflict.  Read more...

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