Reading Marriage in the American Romance

Reading Marriage in the American Romance : Remembering Love as Destiny

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Walter studies marriage in Hawthorne'sThe House of the Seven Gables, James' The Beast in the Jungle, Morrison's Beloved, Percy's The Thanatos Syndrome, and Frazier's Cold Mountain. Against pressures of modernity, literary romance proposes modes to correct rationalist abstraction and instrumentalist methodologies that denude the mind of the heart's knowledge, the concrete particular of universal resonance, the soul of its intuitions of eternity, and sexuality of eros and more

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  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739121782
  • 9780739121788

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James Walter's bold return to a seemingly discredited, cliche-riden topos, the happy ending that terminates in a marriage as the structuring principle of a perennially popular literary form, is revelatory. By proposing the image of marriage as an aesthetic principle in literature, Walter is also making us aware that the forms of our lives are deeply embedded in and yet shaped by the narratives that are among our guiltiest and most profound pleasures.--Robert Dupree, from the forewordshow more

About James Frank Walter

James Frank Walter is professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana more