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The Resource Formalism, experience, and the making of American literature in the nineteenth century, Theo Davis

Formalism, experience, and the making of American literature in the nineteenth century, Theo Davis

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Formalism, experience, and the making of American literature in the nineteenth century
Title
Formalism, experience, and the making of American literature in the nineteenth century
Statement of responsibility
Theo Davis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Theo Davis offers a fresh account of the emergence of a national literature in the United States. Taking American literature's universalism as an organising force that must be explained rather than simply exposed, she contends that Emerson, Hawthorne, and Stowe's often noted investigations of experience are actually based in a belief that experience is an abstract category governed by typicality, not the property of the individual subject. Additionally, these authors locate the form of the literary work in the domain of abstract experience, projected out of - not embodied in - the text. After tracing the emergence of these beliefs out of Scottish common sense philosophy and through early American literary criticism, Davis analyses how American authors' prose seeks to work an art of abstract experience. In so doing, she reconsiders the place of form in modern literary studies
Member of
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davis, Theo
Dewey number
810.9/003
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • American literature
  • Literary form
  • Experience in literature
  • Literature and society
  • United States
Label
Formalism, experience, and the making of American literature in the nineteenth century, Theo Davis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-193) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: new critical formalism and identity in Americanist criticism -- Types of interest: Scottish theory, literary nationalism, and John Neal -- Sensing Hawthorne: the figure of Hawthorne's affect -- "Life is an ecstasy": Ralph Waldo Emerson and A. Bronson Alcott -- Laws of experience: truth and feeling in Harriet Beecher Stowe
Control code
ocn666905981
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 203 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780511551000
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)666905981
Label
Formalism, experience, and the making of American literature in the nineteenth century, Theo Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-193) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: new critical formalism and identity in Americanist criticism -- Types of interest: Scottish theory, literary nationalism, and John Neal -- Sensing Hawthorne: the figure of Hawthorne's affect -- "Life is an ecstasy": Ralph Waldo Emerson and A. Bronson Alcott -- Laws of experience: truth and feeling in Harriet Beecher Stowe
Control code
ocn666905981
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 203 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780511551000
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)666905981

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