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Author Alkana, Joseph, 1953-

Title The social self : Hawthorne, Howells, William James, and nineteenth-century psychology / Joseph Alkana
Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [1997]
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Description 1 online resource (167 pages)
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Translating the Self: Between Discord and Individualism in American Literary History; 2 Hawthorne's Drama of the Self: Antebellum Psychology and Sociality; 3 ""But the Past Was Not Dead"": Aesthetics, History, and Community in Grandfather's Chair and The Scarlet Letter; 4. The Altrurian Romances: Evolution and Immigration in Howells's Utopia; 5 The Ironic Construction of Selfhood: William James's Principles of Psychology; 6 Selfhood, Pragmatism, and Literary Studies: Who Do We Think We Are? And What Do We Think We're Doing?
Summary American literary history of the nineteenth-century as a conflict between individualistic writers and a conformist society. In The Social Self, Joseph Alkana argues that such a dichotomy misrepresents the views of many authors. Sudden changes caused by the industrial revolution, urban development, increased immigration, and regional conflicts were threatening to fragment the community, and such writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne, William James, and William Dean Howells were deeply concerned about social cohesion. Alkana persuasively reintroduces Common Sense philosophy and Jamesian psychology as w
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-163) and index
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Subject Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864 -- Knowledge -- Psychology
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920 -- Knowledge -- Psychology
James, William, 1842-1910 -- Influence.
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Psychological aspects.
Psychological fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Psychology in literature.
Self in literature.
Social psychology and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813157331 (electronic bk.)
9780813157337 (electronic bk.)
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