Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860 by Maurice S. Lee
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Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860
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Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860

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Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860 by Maurice S. Lee

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Examining the literature of slavery and race before the Civil War, Maurice Lee, in this 2005 book, demonstrates how the slavery crisis became a crisis of philosophy that exposed the breakdown of national consensus and the limits of rational authority. Poe, Stowe, Douglass, Melville, and Emerson were among the antebellum authors who tried - and failed - to find rational solutions to the slavery conflict. Unable to mediate the slavery controversy as the nation moved toward war, their writings form an uneasy transition between the confident rationalism of the American Enlightenment and the more skeptical thought of the pragmatists. Lee draws on antebellum moral philosophy, political theory, and metaphysics, bringing a different perspective to the literature of slavery - one that synthesizes cultural studies and intellectual history to argue that romantic, sentimental, and black Atlantic writers all struggled with modernity when facing the slavery crisis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521846530
ISBN-10: 0521846536
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Uncertain Chances by Maurice S. Lee Uncertain Chances, Paperback (June 2013)

Maurice Lee's study illustrates how writers such as Poe, Melville, Douglass, Thoreau, Dickinson, and others participated in a broad intellectual and cultural shift in which Americans increasingly learned to live with the threatening and wonderful possibilities of chance.

Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860 by Maurice S. Lee Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860, Paperback (August 2010)

Lee demonstrates how Melville, Emerson and others tried to find rational solutions to the slavery conflict.

Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass by Maurice S. Lee Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, Hardback (June 2009)

An engaging and informative overview of the life and works of Frederick Douglass.

London Literature, 1300-1380 by Maurice S. Lee London Literature, 1300-1380, Paperback (January 2009)

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Author Biography - Maurice S. Lee

Maurice S. Lee is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri.

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