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Moby-Dick and the Opposite of Providence

Maurice S. Lee

in Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797578
eISBN:
9780199932412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797578.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter two shows how chance destabilizes conventional discussions of fate and free will. Beginning with a deeply historicized account of theological and philosophical denials of chance, the chapter ... More


A Believing Attitude

Andrea Knutson

in American Spaces of Conversion: The Conductive Imaginaries of Edwards, Emerson, and James

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195370928
eISBN:
9780199870769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370928.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter 1 foregrounds the following chapters by offering a comprehensive examination of the Puritan Reformed concept and morphology of conversion and its expression within Puritanism’s preparatory ... More


Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature

Samantha Harvey

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748681365
eISBN:
9780748693887
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681365.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature is the first book devoted to the most important transatlantic source for Emerson and the development of American Transcendentalism: the ... More


Coleridge and Boston Transcendentalism

Samantha C. Harvey

in Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748681365
eISBN:
9780748693887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681365.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter 2 relates Coleridge's seminal role in the development of Boston Transcendentalism. Two American interpreters were especially influential in the transatlantic transfer of Coleridgean ideas: ... More


Emily Dickinson’s Telegrams from God

Kay Yandell

in Telegraphies: Indigeneity, Identity, and Nation in America's Nineteenth-Century Virtual Realm

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190901042
eISBN:
9780190901073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190901042.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Dickinson’s telegraph poems explore the larger poetic connotations surrounding a natural power—electricity—which, harnessed by humankind in the medium of the telegraph, conveys meaning with the speed ... More


Vox Populi, Vox Dei: Enchanted Subjectivity in and the Post-Revolutionary World

Michelle Sizemore

in American Enchantment: Rituals of the People in the Post-Revolutionary World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190627539
eISBN:
9780190627553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190627539.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter presents enchanted subjectivity as a model of political subjectivity in which individuals claim to speak for God, not for themselves, as commonly assumed for a democratic society. This ... More


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