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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


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


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


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