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The writing of America : literature and cultural identity from the Puritans to the present

Author: Geoff Ward
Publisher: Malden, MA : Polity Press in association with Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study claims that the founding documents of American identity are essentially literary. America was invented, not discovered, and it remains in thrall to the myth of an "earthly paradise", but  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoff Ward
ISBN: 0745626211 9780745626215 074562622X 9780745626222
OCLC Number: 123284231
Description: pages cm
Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction: ParadiseTM 1. Maps and Legends 2. American Literature and the Body Electric 3. Melville: Crises in Representation 4. 'Eden is burning': Literature of the Popular Imagination 5. Going Fishing: Harry Smith, the Anthology of American Folk Music, and the Fan 6. Modernism and the Subversive Imagination 7. 'Dedicated to America, whatever that is': Contemporary Literature and the Egress Afterword: Meditations in an Emergency Notes Select Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Geoff Ward.

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