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Beneath The American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville Hardcover – March 12, 1988

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Using the products of popular culture between 1820 and 1855 more comprehensively than do other Renaissance scholars, Reynolds tries to fix our "classic" texts (e.g., Moby Dick ) as culminating transfigurations of, rather than anomalous reactions against, the voluminous literature of their day. He focuses especially on the various reform literatures, new religious evangelical style, and flood of popular fiction, arguing that our major writers were able to absorb the style, themes, and genres of these sub-literary materials without sacrificing aesthetic control. Though he tends to overstate specific influences and embraces too mechanical a model for the creative process, his argument and impressive display of materials make for a significant contribution to American studies. Earl Rovit, City Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (March 12, 1988)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 625 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 039454448X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0394544489
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.52 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1.75 x 9.5 inches
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David S. Reynolds, a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author or editor of 15 books, including "Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America," "Walt Whitman's America," "John Brown, Abolitionist," "Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson," "George Lippard," "Faith in Fiction," and "Beneath the American Renaissance." He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Christian Gauss Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has been interviewed on shows including NPR's "Fresh Air," "Weekend Edition," and "The Diane Rehm Show," ABC's "The John Batchelor Show," and C-SPAN's "After Words," Brian Lamb's "Book Notes," and "Book TV." He is a regular contributor to "The New York Times Book Review" and is included in "Who's Who in America." David Reynolds was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He received the B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College and the Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught American literature and American Studies at Northwestern University, Barnard College, New York University, Rutgers University, Baruch College, the Sorbonne-Paris III, and, since 2006, at the CUNY Graduate Center. His wife, Suzanne Nalbantian, is a professor of comparative literature and is the author or editor of six books, including "Memory in Literature: From Rousseau to Neuroscience" and "The Memory Process: Neuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives."

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