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F. O. Matthiessen and the Tragedy of the American Scholar

Randall Fuller

in Emerson's Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195313925
eISBN:
9780199787753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313925.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter describes a curious incident that occurred as F. O. Matthiessen completed the opening section on Emerson for his magisterial American Renaissance: he, too, suffered a nervous breakdown. ... More


Medieval American Literature: Antebellum Narratives and the “Map of the Infinite”

Paul Giles

in The Global Remapping of American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136134
eISBN:
9781400836512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136134.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how the notion of medieval American literature not only makes a paradoxical kind of sense but might be seen as integral to the construction of the subject more generally. It ... More


Translating F. O. Matthiessen

Marjorie Garber

in Loaded Words

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823242047
eISBN:
9780823242085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242047.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The life and work of F. O. Matthiessen seem very vivid and timely these days, given recent political developments. A lifelong supporter of left politics and political engagement, Matthiessen might ... More


To the Heart of Europe: F. O. Matthiessen’s Baedeker

George Blaustein

in Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190209209
eISBN:
9780190209230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190209209.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, African-American Literature

F. O. Matthiessen and Alfred Kazin were the advance guard of a generation of American scholars bringing American literature to Europe after the war, but their European encounters shaped “American ... More


F. O. Matthiessen: Comparative Criticism and the Rhetoric of Violence

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice: Essays on American Studies, Literature and Religion

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640492
eISBN:
9780748652129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the issues of the rhetoric of violence and comparative criticism, focusing on the work of F.O. Matthiessen. It argues that Matthiessen's American Renaissance is the best book ... More


Melville's Intervisionary Network: Balzac, Hawthorne, and Realism in the American Renaissance

John Haydock

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954231
eISBN:
9781786944153
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954231.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The romances of Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick and Billy Budd, Sailor, are usually examined from some setting almost exclusively American. European or other planetary contexts are subordinated ... More


Elegy in the “Native American Renaissance” and After

Arnold Krupat

in That the People Might Live: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451386
eISBN:
9780801465857
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451386.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

This chapter examines elegy in the “Native American Renaissance” and after, starting with the elegiac autobiographical text The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969) by N. Scott Momaday and “Prologue” from ... More


Whitman and the ‘Lawless Music’ of American Culture

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635740
eISBN:
9780748651658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This introductory chapter discusses Walt Whitman and his ‘lawless music’. This musical trope is considered significant because it relates a ‘pure’ aesthetic form to a political practice. This implies ... More


Race, Civilization, Empire

in Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310782
eISBN:
9781846313141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313141.007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explores the later writing of Frederick Douglass and the extent to which it can be considered an indicator of a late alignment with the United States as empire. Even as Douglass took ... More


Epilog: After the American Renaissance

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635740
eISBN:
9780748651658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter reviews the American-Renaissance construction, which lost a lot of its credibility during the 1960s and 1970s, looking at the post-Kantian Whitmanian moment, and describing Whitman's ... More


Nineteenth-Century US Literature in Middle Eastern Languages

Jeffrey Einboden

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748645640
eISBN:
9780748689132
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645640.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Reading the early American canon through its Middle Eastern translations, Nineteenth-Century US Literature in Middle Eastern Languages examines prominent renditions of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ... More


Contemporary Reception

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635740
eISBN:
9780748651658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter tries to recreate the heterogeneity of Whitman's contemporary reception. It mentions the postbellum ‘Whitman myth’, which emerged and recombined with the modernist American-Renaissance ... More


Conclusion: Emergent Literatures and Cosmopolitan Conversation

Cyrus R. K. Patell

in Emergent U.S. Literatures: From Multiculturalism to Cosmopolitanism in the Late Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479893720
eISBN:
9781479879502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479893720.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This concluding chapter discusses the rationale at the heart of this book—the humility of understanding the limits of one's own knowledge and the efforts to expand it through varied means. This view ... More


Emerson: Prospects

Michael T. Gilmore

in The War on Words: Slavery, Race, and Free Speech in American Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226294131
eISBN:
9780226294155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226294155.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Emerson's efforts at reform and his Transcendentalist aversion to social witting and unwitting set the agenda for most antebellum writers by reinvigorating the prophetic voice—a breakthrough that ... More


Hawthorne's Habitations: A Literary Life

Robert Milder

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199917259
eISBN:
9780190252908
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199917259.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book presents a literary/biographical study of Nathaniel Hawthorne's full career. It presents a self-divided man and writer strongly attracted to reality for its own sake and remarkably adept at ... More


Final Chorus

Ann Charters and Samuel Charters

in Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604735796
eISBN:
9781621031666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604735796.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

As he continued his battle with cancer, John Clellon Holmes wrote letters expressing his concern about the collected volume of Jack Kerouac’s writing that he still hoped he and Ann Danberg could edit ... More


Temperance Novels and Moral Reform

Debra J. Rosenthal

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385359
eISBN:
9780190252786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.003.0031
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines novels that deal with temperance and other moral reform movements in nineteenth-century America. It shows how writers and activists involved in the anti-alcohol movement relied ... More


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