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Author Boyden, Michael.

Title Predicting the past : the paradoxes of American literary history / Michael Boyden
Published Leuven : Leuven University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (214 pages)
Contents The pre-history of American literature : early prospects (1850-1910) -- Live and let live : debating contemporary literature (1890-1930) -- The uses of language : literary polyvocality and ethnic continuity (1880-1950) -- Precursors and exemplars : genealogies in American literary history
Summary Drawing from the social theories of Niklas Luhmann and Mary Douglas, Predicting the Past advocates a reflexive understanding of the paradoxical institutional dynamic of American literary history as a professional discipline and field of study. Contrary to most disciplinary accounts, Michael Boyden resists the utopian impulse to offer supposedly definitive solutions for the legitimation crises besetting American literature studies by ""going beyond"" its inherited racist, classist, and sexist underpinnings. Approaching the existence of the American literary tradition as a typically modern probl
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-204) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject American literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009515142
ISBN 9461660103 (electronic bk.)
9789461660107 (electronic bk.)