Romanticism : Critical Essays in American Literature book cover
1st Edition

Critical Essays in American Literature

ISBN 9781138195707
Published October 18, 2017 by Routledge
354 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1986. This outstanding collection of major essays by some of America’s finest literary scholars and critics provides students of American literature with a unique perspective of America’s Romantic literature. Some of these essays make connections between authors or define Romanticism in terms of one of the works; others address major issues during the period; others offer a framework for specific works; and, finally, some give interpretations for the reader. All of the essays offer distinctive voices that will engage students in this rich and memorable period of American literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword;  Part 1: Introduction;  1. A National Literature and Romantic Individualism (1826-1861);  Part 2: Emerson, Essays;  2. I, Eye, Ay – Emerson’s Early Essay on "Nature": Thoughts on the Machinery of Transcendence  3. Emerson: The Unconquered Eye and the Enchanted Circle  4. The Problem of Emerson;  Part 3: Thoreau, Walden;  5. The Successive Versions of Walden  6. Scatology and Eschatology: The Heroic Dimensions of Thoreau’s Wordplay  7. Portions;  Part 4: Poe, Short Stories;  8. The House of Poe  9. Poe’s "Ligeia": I Have Been Faithful to You in My Fashion  10. The Psychology of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue";  Part 5: The Scarlett Letter;  11. Form and Content in The Scarlet Letter  12. The Scarlet Letter: Through the Old Manse and the Custom House  13. The Ruined Wall;  Part 6: Melville, Moby-Dick;  14. The Universal Thump: Jehovah’s Winter World  15. The Nature and Forms of Despair  16. Infants, Boys, and Men, and Ifs Eternally – Moby-Dick;  Part 7: Whitman, Leaves of Grass;  17. Singing for Soul and Body  18. Walt Whitman and the American Tradition  19. An Analysis of "Song of Myself"  20. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

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