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The unusable past : theory and the study of American literature

Author: Russell Reising
Publisher: New York : Methuen, 1986.
Series: New accents (Methuen & Co.)
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russell Reising
ISBN: 0416013112 9780416013115 041601321X 9780416013214
OCLC Number: 13396067
Description: xii, 290 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS --
The unused past: theorists of American literature and the problem of exclusivity --
An unusable past? --
What is an American author? --
American literature: out of space, out of time --
The consolation of criticism --
The problem of Puritan origins in literary history and theory --
Puritanism as tragic vision: Perry Miller --
Puritanism as allegory: Yvor Winters, Richard Chase, and Leslie Fiedler --
Puritanism as rhetoric: Sacvan Bercovitch --
"Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is": cultural theories of American literature --
Unreality in America: Lionel Trilling --
Parties of one: R.W.B. Lewis --
The romance of America: Richard Chase --
The apolitical unconscious: Leslie Fiedler --
An American fable: Leo Marx --
The Phelps farm revisited: cultural theorists on Huckleberry Finn --
American literature should not mean but be: self-reflexive theories of American literature --
D.H. Lawrence and American art-speech --
New criticism and the American renaissance: F.O. Matthiessen --
Making the world safe for symbolism: Charles Feidelson, Jr. --
Worlds elsewhere: Richard Poirier --
Myths of American origins: post-structuralism --
"The world's body" --
What is to be done? --
What is the American tradition? --
New directions --
The American scene --
The significance of Frederick Douglass.
Series Title: New accents (Methuen & Co.)
Responsibility: Russell J. Reising.

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