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New England Literary Culture
From Revolution through Renaissance


Part of Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: July 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521378017

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  • This book is a study of the development of New England literature and literary institutions from the American Revolutionary era to the late nineteenth century. Professor Buell explores the foundations, growth and literary results of the professionalization of the writing vocation. He pays particular attention to the major writers - Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Stowe and Dickinson - but surveys them with a number of lesser-known authors, and explores the conventions, values and institutions which affected them all. Some of the main topics covered include the distinctive features of the Early National and Antebellum periods in New England writing; the importance of certain literary genres (poetry, oratory and religious narrative; etc.); the impact of Puritanism and its values; and the invention of acceptable conventions for portraying the New England landscape and institutions in literature.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521378017
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Four Overviews:
    1. Theoretical premises
    2. A narrative overview of New England's literary development
    3. Marketplace, ethos, practice: the Antebellum literary situation
    4. Neoclassical continuities: the early national era and the New England literary tradition
    Part II. Three Representative Genres:
    5. New England Poetics: Emerson, Dickinson, and others
    6. New England oratory from Everett to Emerson
    7. Literary scripturism
    Part III. Reinventing Puritanism: the New England Historical Imagination:
    8. The concept of puritan ancestry
    9. The politics of historiography
    10. Fictionalizing puritan history: some problems and approaches
    11. Hawthorne and Stowe as rival interpreters of New England Puritanism
    Part IV. New England as a Country of the Imagination: The Spirit of Place:
    12. The cultural landscape in regional poetry and prose
    13. The village as icon
    14. Lococentrism from Dwight to Thoreau
    15. Comic grotesque
    16. Provincial Gothic: Hawthorne, Stoddard, and others
    Appendix. Vital statistics: a quantitative analysis of authorship as a profession in New England.

  • Author

    Lawrence Buell

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