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Landscape and Ideology in American Renaissance Literature: Topographies of Skepticism (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture) Hardcover – December 22, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0521830645 ISBN-10: 0521830648

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Robert E. Abrams argues that in mid-nineteenth-century American writing, new concepts of space and landscape emerge that marked a linguistic and interpretative limit to American expansion. Abrams argues for the radicalness of antebellum writing, the ways in which figures from Hawthorne to Rebecca Harding Davis disputed the naturalizing discourses of mid-nineteenth century society. Whereas previous critics find in antebellum writing a will-towards-closure, a desire to convert chaos into an affirmative, liberal agenda. Abrams contends that authors of the 1840's and 50's deconstructed more than they constructed.

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Robert E. Abrams is Associate Professor of English at the University of Washington. He has published widely on American literature and culture in journals such as ELH, American Literature, Philological Quarterly, and Nineteenth-Century Literature.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture (Book 140)
  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521830648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521830645
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,886,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found this book because I was interested in Chief Sealth's speech. What I discovered was an epic discussion of the way landscape exists at the intersection of shifting ideologies. I recommend this highly for students of 19th century American literature and culture.
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