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Is American vision implicitly possessive, as a generation of critics contends? By viewing the American poetic tradition throught the prism of pragmatism, this text contests this claim. American poems see more fully and less invasively than accounts of American literature as an inscription of imperial national ideology woulf allow. It also argues that their ways of eseing draw on and develop a vigorous mode of national representation alternative to the appropriate sort found in the quintessential American genre of encounter, the romance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674534636
ISBN-10: 0674534638
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Elisa New

Elisa New is Professor of English at Harvard University and author of The Regenerate Lyric.

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