In Respect to Egotism: Studies in American Romantic Writing

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Cambridge University Press, 1991. júl. 26. - 316 oldal
Joel Porte offers a timely reassessment of nineteenth century literature, focusing on the general question of the American Romantic ego and its varying modalities of self-creation, self-display, self-projection, and self-concealment. The book begins by exploring the status of the "text" in nineteenth-century American writing, the relationship of "rhetorical" reading to historical context, and the nature of "Romanticism" in an American setting. Porte then concentrates on the great authors of the period through a series of thematically linked but critically discrete essays on Brown, Irving, Parkman, Cooper, Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Melville, Frederick Douglass, Stowe, Whitman, and Dickinson. Throughout his important new study, Porte offers provocative reassessments of familiar texts while at the same time casting an illuminating critical eye on less well-known territory. Readers of this book will come away with increased respect for the achievement of American Romantic writers.

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Writing Reading Romanticism
1
Bewildered Pilgrims in Early American Fiction
31
Prophets and Pariahs in the Forest of the New World
54
Romantic Center Critical Margin
75
Experiments in SelfCreation
106
The Obscurest Man of Letters in America
124
6 Thoreaus SelfPerpetuating Artifacts
164
Romantic CockandBull or The Great Art of Telling the Truth
189
Scriptures of the Redeemed Self
213
NTake Me as I Am or Not at All
229
Walt and Emily
243
Snowbound in SelfConsciousness
250
Notes
271
Index
305
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