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Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860 (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture) Paperback – August 26, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0521152686 ISBN-10: 0521152682 Edition: Reissue

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture (Book 148)
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (August 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521152682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521152686
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 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: #4,088,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lee's book is a wonderful, beautifully written study, which adds significantly to our understanding of mid-nineteenth century American writing..."
-Hildegard Hoeller, City University of New York, South Atlantic Review

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Maurice Lee, in this 2005 book, demonstrates how the slavery crisis became a crisis of philosophy. Poe, Stowe, Douglass, Melville, and Emerson tried - and failed - to find rational solutions to the slavery conflict. Drawing on antebellum moral philosophy, political theory, and metaphysics, Lee brings a different perspective to the literature of slavery.

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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Kalanithi on December 12, 2005
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Lyric and sensual, Lee's latest is one of the major works of analysis of the antebellum period. Filled with scenes of intimate intellectual beauty, Lee explores the emotions of a lonely ideology trapped in a sterile ontology and its growing love for the robust phenomena of its surrounding historical moment. The most controversial of Lee's books, Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature joyously affirms the author's vision of intellectual regeneration through material engagement. The book's power, complexity, and psychological intricacy make this a completely original work--a triumph of passion, an almost erotic celebration of the life of the American mind.
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