All listings for this product
Best-selling in Textbooks
Save on Textbooks
- AU $27.54Trending at AU $44.05
- AU $80.99Trending at AU $88.14
- AU $71.88Trending at AU $73.73
- AU $82.90Trending at AU $85.64
- AU $72.90Trending at AU $79.61
- AU $34.73Trending at AU $42.75
- AU $21.22Trending at AU $25.56
About this product
- DescriptionMiles of Stare explores the problem of nineteenth-century American literary vision: the strange conflation of visible reality and poetic language that emerges repeatedly in the metaphors and literary creations of American transcendentalists.
The strangeness of nineteenth-century poetic vision is exemplified most famously by Emerson's transparent eyeball. That disembodied, omniscient seer is able to shed its body and transcend sight paradoxically in order to see - t to create - poetic language manifest on the American landscape. In Miles of Stare, Michelle Kohler explores the question of why, given American transcendentalism's anti-empiricism, the movement's central trope becomes an eye purged of imagination. And why, furthermore, she asks, despite its insistent empiricism, is this torious eye also so decidedly t an eye? What are the ethics of casting a boldly equivocal metaphor as the source of a national literature amidst a national landscape fraught with slavery, gecide, poverty, and war?
Miles of Stare explores these questions first by tracing the historical emergence of the metaphor of poetic vision as the transcendentalists assimilated European precedents and wrestled with America's troubling rhetoric of manifest destiny and national identity. These questions are central to the work of many nineteenth-century authors writing in the wake of transcendentalism, and Kohler offers examples from the writings of Douglass, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Howells, and Jewett that form a cascade of new visual metaphors that address the irreconcilable contradictions within the transcendentalist metaphor and pursue their own efforts to produce an American literature. Douglass's doomed witness to slavery, Hawthorne's reluctantly omniscient narrator, and Dickinson's empty miles of Stare variously skewer the authority of Emerson's all-seeing poetic eyeball while attributing new authority to the limitations that mark their own literary gazes.
Tracing this metaphorical conflict across genres from the 1830s through the 1880s, Miles of Stare illuminates the divergent, contentious fates of American literary vision as nineteenth-century writers wrestle with the commanding conflation of vision and language that lies at the centre of American transcendentalism- and at the core of American national identity.
- Author BiographyMichelle Kohler is assistant professor of English at Tulane University.
- Author(s)Michelle Kohler
- PublisherThe University of Alabama Press
- Date of Publication30/07/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationAlabama
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Alabama Press
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
This item doesn't belong on this page.
Thanks, we'll look into this.