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Author Bellis, Peter J.

Title Writing revolution : aesthetics and politics in Hawthorne, Whitman, and Thoreau / Peter J. Bellis
Published Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 221 pages)
Contents Introduction : the Eighteenth Brumaire and the Magic lantern -- Hawthorne's drama of revolt -- Mauling Governor Pyncheon -- Moonshine and masquerade -- Whitman in 1855 : against representation -- 1856 and after -- To reconcile the people and the stones -- Division and revenge -- Conclusion : civil wars
Summary "In Writing Revolution, Peter J. Bellis explores the ways in which literature can engage with - rather than escape from or obscure - social and political issues." "Bellis argues that a number of nineteenth-century American writers, including Nathanial Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman, saw their texts as spaces where alternative social and cultural possibilities could be suggested and explored. All writing in the same historical moment, Bellis's subjects were responding to the same cluster of issues: the need to redefine America identity after the Revolution, the problem of race slavery, and the growing industrialization of American society." "In addition to covering selected works by Hawthorne, Whitman, and Thoreau, Bellis also examines powerful works of social and political critique by Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Fuller. With its suggestions for new ways of reading antebellum American writing, Writing Revolution breaks through the thickets of contemporary literary discourse and will spark debate in the literary community."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-212) and index
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Subject Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864 -- Aesthetics.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864 -- Political and social views.
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 -- Aesthetics.
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 -- Political and social views.
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Aesthetics.
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Political and social views.
Aesthetics, American.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Revolutionary literature, American -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002006742
ISBN 0820327204 (electronic bk.)
9780820327204 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)
Other Titles Aesthetics and politics in Hawthorne, Whitman, and Thoreau