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- DescriptionTheo Davis offers a fresh account of the emergence of a national literature in the United States. Taking American literature's universalism as an organising force that must be explained rather than simply exposed, she contends that Emerson, Hawthorne, and Stowe's often ted investigations of experience are actually based in a belief that experience is an abstract category governed by typicality, t the property of the individual subject. Additionally, these authors locate the form of the literary work in the domain of abstract experience, projected out of - t embodied in - the text. After tracing the emergence of these beliefs out of Scottish common sense philosophy and through early American literary criticism, Davis analyses how American authors' prose seeks to work an art of abstract experience. In so doing, she reconsiders the place of form in modern literary studies.
- Author BiographyTheo Davis is Assistant Professor of English at Williams College.
- Author(s)Theo Davis
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication22/11/2007
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 153
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight480 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine16 mm
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