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19th century

  • Aesthetic Materialismby Paul Gilmore

    Stanford University Press 2009; US$ 60.00

    Aesthetic Materialism: Electricity and American Romanticism provides a fresh understanding of American romanticism by examining the use of electrical imagery, science, and technology by writers such as Emerson, Fuller, Whitman, and Melville to re-describe literary aesthetics as a transcendent and material practice mediating among socio-economic structures,... more...

  • The American Civil Warby Ian Frederick Finseth

    CRC Press 2006; US$ 39.95

    This anthology brings together a wide variety of both well-known and more obscure writing from and about the Civil War, along with supplementary appendices to facilitate use in courses. The writing includes short fiction, poetry, public addresses, diary entries, song lyrics, and essays from such figures as Walt Whitman, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane,... more...

  • American Hungersby Gavin Jones

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 28.95

    Social anxiety about poverty surfaces with startling frequency in American literature. Yet, as Gavin Jones argues, poverty has been denied its due as a critical and ideological framework in its own right, despite recent interest in representations of the lower classes and the marginalized. These insights lay the groundwork for American Hungers ,... more...

  • American Literature in Context from 1865 to 1929by Philip R. Yannella

    Wiley 2010; US$ 101.95

    This book places major literary works within the context of the topics that engaged a great number of American writers in the period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Great Depression Topics include Civil War memory, the virtual re-enslavement of African-Americans after Reconstruction, and radical social movements Draws on a range... more...

  • American Madonnaby John Gatta

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 33.99

    This book explores a notable if unlikely undercurrent of interest in Mary as mythical Madonna that has persisted in American life and letters from fairly early in the nineteenth century into the later twentieth. This imaginative involvement with the Divine Woman -- verging at times on devotional homage -- is especially intriguing as manifested in... more...

  • American Metempsychosisby John Michael Corrigan

    Fordham University Press 2012; US$ 54.99

    The transmigration of souls is no fable. I would it were, but men and women are only half human. With these words, Ralph Waldo Emerson confronts a dilemma that illuminates the formation of American individualism: to evolve and become fully human requires a heightened engagement with history. Americans, Emerson argues, must realize history's chronology... more...

  • American Romanticism and the Marketplaceby Michael T. Gilmore

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 20.00

    "This book can take its place on the shelf beside Henry Nash Smith's Virgin Land and Leo Marx's The Machine in the Garden ."—Choice "[Gilmore] demonstrates the profound, sustained, engagement with society embodied in the works of Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and Melville. In effect, he relocates the American Renaissance where it properly... more...

  • American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822?1869by Melissa J. Homestead

    Cambridge University Press 2005; US$ 34.00

    Explores the relationship between copyright laws and women's writing in nineteenth-century America. more...

  • Antebellum at Seaby Jason Berger

    University of Minnesota Press 2012; US$ 75.00

    In the antebellum years, the Western world?s symbolic realities were expanded and challenged as merchant, military, and scientific activity moved into Pacific and Arctic waters. In Antebellum at Sea , Jason Berger explores the roles that early nineteenth-century maritime narratives played in conceptualizing economic and social transitions in the... more...

  • Apocalyptic Sentimentalismby Kevin Pelletier

    University of Georgia Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    In contrast to the prevailing scholarly con-sensus that understands sentimentality to be grounded on a logic of love and sympathy, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism demonstrates that in order for sentimentality to work as an antislavery engine, it needed to be linked to its seeming opposite—fear, especially the fear of God’s wrath. Most antislavery... more...