The Literary Quest for an American National Character
By (author) Finn Pollard
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Literary Quest for an American National Character by Finn Pollard
Book Description"What then is the American, this new man?" This question is explored here through the lives and writings of a sequence of imaginative authors each of whom confronted a crucial moment in the evolution of the new nation (from Crevecoeur and the Revolution, through Washington Irving and Jeffersonian Democracy, to James Fenimore Cooper and the Era of Good Feelings). At the centre of these confrontations was a division between those who claimed national perfection had been obtained, and those who, while desperately wanting to believe this, perceived all too clearly that that perfection had not yet come. Rediscovering this neglected literary debate, The Literary Quest for an American National Character illuminates afresh the traumatic birth and development of the new American nation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415963732
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Finn Pollard
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'What then is the American, this new man?' This title explores this question through the lives and writings of a sequence of imaginative authors each of whom confronted a crucial moment in the evolution of the new nation.
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Author Biography - Finn Pollard
Finn Pollard is a historian of the literature and politics of revolutionary and early national United States. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and has held lectureships at the universities of Glasgow and Newcastle.
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