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Mania for freedom : American literatures of enthusiasm from the Revolution to the Civil War

Author: John Mac Kilgore
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this study of literature in antebellum America, John Mac Kilgore argues that a distinct rhetorical tradition of enthusiasm emerged as a form of political dissent. This was literature written to confront normative values, to respond to critical injustice, and to incite revolt, if not broad change. Literary enthusiasm came to signify a particular form of protest among marginalized groups, including commoners,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Mac Kilgore
ISBN: 9781469629711 1469629712 9781469629728 1469629720
OCLC Number: 945745582
Description: xi, 284 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Enthusiasm, event, literature --
An answer to the question: "What is enthusiasm?" --
Rites of dissent: literatures of enthusiasm and the American Revolution --
Shaking hands with the prophet: the War of 1812 and Native American enthusiasms --
The revival of revolt: conjure, slave insurrection, and the novel of enthusiasm --
The free state of Whitman: John Brown, the Civil War, and the dis-memberment of enthusiasm in the 1860 Leaves of grass --
Epilogue: the tramp and strike question: terminal enthusiasms.
Responsibility: John Mac Kilgore.

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In analysing the language of enthusiasm in philosophy, religion, politics, and literature, John Mac Kilgore uncovers a tradition of enthusiasm linked to a politics of emancipation. The dissenting  Read more...

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