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New PDF release: A Companion to American Literature and Culture (Blackwell

By Paul Lauter

ISBN-10: 0631208925

ISBN-13: 9780631208921

This expansive significant other bargains a suite of unpolluted views at the wealth of texts produced in and round what's now the United States.* Highlights the varied voices that represent American literature, embracing oral traditions, slave narratives, local writing, literature of our surroundings, and extra* Demonstrates that American literature was once multicultural ahead of Europeans arrived at the continent, or even extra so thereafter* deals 3 exact paradigms for considering American literature, concentrating on: genealogies of yankee literary research; writers and matters; and modern theories and practices* permits scholars and researchers to generate richer, extra diversified and extra accomplished readings of yankee literature

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While each of these factors probably did discourage some potential writers and artists, the fact is that many people managed to produce respectable art and writing in spite of such impediments. Why then was there, for nearly 100 years, a widespread agreement that there was little produced in the arts and letters in America worthy of attention before the American Renaissance of the 1850s? The deeper, unacknowledged reason for such erasure was the compelling desire in the United States between the 1880s and the 1960s to imagine the country to be a homogenous nation of white northern Europeans and their descendants.

Then with the true God, the true Dios, Came the beginning of our misery. it was the beginning of tribute, the beginning of church dues, the beginning of strife and purse snatching, the beginning of strife with blow guns; the beginning of strife with trampling on people, the beginning of robbery with violence, the beginning of forced debts, the beginning of debts enforced by false testimony, the beginning of individual strife, a beginning of vexation. (Elliott, 1991b: 25) New Spain and New France: A Literature of Conquest and Survival Between 1500 and 1800, the Spanish, French, Portuguese, and, after 1607, the English also, competed vigorously to gain control of vast areas of the Americas.

Another was that the grip of Protestantism, especially New England Puritanism, upon much of the society by the seventeenth century and since had discouraged works of the imagination as idle, if not evil, activities. Yet another widely shared opinion was that materialism and pragmatism, exemplified in a figure like Benjamin Franklin, had 10 Emory Elliott nourished an emerging industrial capitalism that valued time as money that should not be wasted on unprofitable activities. While each of these factors probably did discourage some potential writers and artists, the fact is that many people managed to produce respectable art and writing in spite of such impediments.

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