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American Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville

Paul Hurh

Abstract

American Terror interrogates the origins, contexts, and significance of the distinctive tone of terror within a major strain of early and nineteenth-century American literature. Contrary to critical tendencies to literary terror as a rejection or contrary reaction to Enlightenment thought, this book draws upon new work in affect theory and the refreshed interest in American intellectual history to argue that American authors sought through it to produce the peculiar affect of scientific objectivity: the feeling of thinking. As what counts as knowledge comes to be aligned with a set of abstract ... More

Keywords: literature and philosophy, affect theory, literature and science, intellectual history, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Jonathan Edwards, Enlightenment method, gothic, sublime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804791144
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804791144.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hurh, author
University of Arizona

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