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Coda: “Speaking from the Grave”

Richard S. Lowry

in ‘Littery Man’: Mark Twain and Modern Authorship

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102123
eISBN:
9780199855087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102123.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Twain puts in Life on the Mississippi (1883) that writers are “manacled servants of the public.” During the last decade of his life, the intention in making his autobiography was to escape the ... More


Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Paul Grimstad

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199874071
eISBN:
9780199345465
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Criticism/Theory

American pragmatism is premised on the notion that to find out what something is, look to fruits rather than roots. But the thought of the classical pragmatists is itself the fruit, this book argues, ... More


The Method of Nature

Paul Grimstad

in Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199874071
eISBN:
9780199345465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks in detail at the development of Emerson’s method of composition, and links this to different accounts of experience, from Unitarian empiricism to Kant’s transcendental idealism. It ... More


Nonreasoning Creatures

Paul Grimstad

in Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199874071
eISBN:
9780199345465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes how Poe invented the analytic detective story, and links this to Charles Peirce’s notion of the abductive inference. It considers the relation of Poe and Peirce to artificial ... More


Introduction

Paul Grimstad

in Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199874071
eISBN:
9780199345465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Criticism/Theory

This Introduction outlines what is to follow in this book. This book aims to try to find what Henry James calls the “history of an effect of experience”, which means not only a way of thinking about ... More


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