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Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Shari Goldberg

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254774
eISBN:
9780823261055
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254774.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Quiet Testimony develops a theory of what it means to bear witness that emerges from the nineteenth century while responding to urgent contemporary questions. It argues that four key figures in ... More


Introduction: Arriving at Quiet

Shari Goldberg

in Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254774
eISBN:
9780823261055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254774.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This introduction establishes how a quieter conception of testimony emerges from nineteenth-century American literature, how it reorients the terms through which scholars assess the significance of ... More


Emerson: Testimony without Representation

Shari Goldberg

in Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254774
eISBN:
9780823261055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254774.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

In Emerson’s 1836 Nature, he claims that the natural world—including humans and objects—produces testimony insofar as it exists. This chapter works through Emerson’s idea as it develops in his ... More


Melville: Testimony without Voice

Shari Goldberg

in Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254774
eISBN:
9780823261055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254774.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Melville cryptically closes Benito Cereno by emphasizing the “voiceless end” of the slave leader, Babo. On the one hand, the weight of the story, including all of its omissions and oddities, seems to ... More


James: Testimony without Life

Shari Goldberg

in Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254774
eISBN:
9780823261055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254774.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Although his tendency has not often been taken seriously, Henry James persistently portrays ordinarily inanimate entities—from hotels to corpses to candles—as speaking. This chapter argues that James ... More


Emerson and “The American Scholar”

Denis Donoghue

in The American Classics: A Personal Essay

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300107814
eISBN:
9780300133783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300107814.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1837 annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture titled “The American Scholar.” It explains that Emerson spoke about the conditions and influences which bear upon the ... More


Leaves of Grass

Denis Donoghue

in The American Classics: A Personal Essay

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300107814
eISBN:
9780300133783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300107814.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Walt Whitman's novel Leaves of Grass. It highlights the difficulty of interpreting this novel without first taking a position on several other issues that demand ... More


Transcendental Antics

Joel Porte

in Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104462
eISBN:
9780300130577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104462.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the involvement of Ralph Waldo Emerson in the Transcendentalism movement in the U.S. It highlights the susceptibility of Transcendentalism to comic criticism from the outside ... More


Emerson as Journalist

Joel Porte

in Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104462
eISBN:
9780300130577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104462.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines Ralph Waldo Emerson's Representative Men, a collection of his seven lectures that was published in 1850. It suggests this collection provides representative figures from ... More


Sisters Act

Robert Milder

in Hawthorne's Habitations: A Literary Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199917259
eISBN:
9780190252908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199917259.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1852 novel The Blithedale Romance, with emphasis on Chapter 14 which is called “Eliot’s Pulpit.” It examines some of the prevalent themes in the ... More


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