Correspondence and American Literature, 1770-1865
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BeschreibungElizabeth Hewitt argues that many canonical American authors, including Jefferson, Emerson, Melville, Dickinson and Whitman, turned to letter-writing as an idealized genre through which to consider the challenges of American democracy before the Civil War. Hewitt maintains that, although correspondence is generally only conceived as a biographical archive, it must instead be understood as a significant genre through which these early authors made sense of social and political relations in the new nation.
InhaltsverzeichnisPreface: universal letter writers; 1. National letters; 2. Emerson and Fuller's phenomenal letters; 3. Melville's dead letters; 4. Jacobs's letters from nowhere; 5. Dickinson's lyrical letters; Conclusion: Whitman's universal letters.
PortraitElizabeth Hewitt is Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University.
PressestimmenReview of the hardback: '... absorbing ...' Journal of American Studies
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in American'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 230 Seiten