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National melancholy : mourning and opportunity in classic American literature

Author: Mitchell Robert Breitwieser
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2007.
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"In National Melancholy, Mitchell Breitwieser offers close readings of important American writers who were struggling to understand mourning, both in their own experience and in the abstract. He draws attention to their inquiries into the way mourning gets blocked or diverted, especially into external social interferences with mourning designed to transform mournful emotions into feelings of solidarity with national  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Breitwieser, Mitchell Robert, 1953-
National melancholy.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608361227
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mitchell Robert Breitwieser
ISBN: 9780804755818 0804755817
OCLC Number: 134989578
Description: ix, 322 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the time of the double not --
Early American Antigone : Anne Bradstreet --
Thomas Jefferson's prospect --
Who speaks (and who writes) in Walt Whitman's poems? --
Henry David Thoreau and the wrecks on Cape Cod --
Losing Deephaven : Sarah Orne Jewett, regionalism, and the art of loss --
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, and the puzzle of inherited mourning --
Jazz fractures : F. Scott Fitzgerald and epochal representation.
Responsibility: Mitchell Breitwieser.
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