The American Ideal

The American Ideal : Literary History as a Worldly Activity

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The American Ideal argues that the institution of American literary scholarship enshrines a reactionary view of history, of narrative, and a reactionary and dangerous view of America itself. It examines the way the idea of 'America' has been wrapped up with American literary history and unwraps the implications of that relationship for contemporary debates about the methods and status of literary history in general.
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  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 147.6 x 218.7 x 22.1mm | 457.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195067657
  • 9780195067651

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A well-timed and well-directed broadside aimed at those who make a career of Transcendentalist studies-or in American literary scholarship, traditionally conceived-as well as at those newly entrenched in institutional power who think they have found the real meaning of America. * American Literature *
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