Landscape and Ideology in American Renaissance Literature: Topographies of Skepticism

Cambridge University Press (2004)
Robert Abrams argues that new concepts of space and landscape emerged in mid-nineteenth-century American writing, marking a linguistic and interpretative limit to American expansion. Abrams supports the radical elements of antebellum writing, where writers from Hawthorne to Rebecca Harding Davis disputed the naturalizing discourses of mid-nineteenth century society. Whereas previous critics find in antebellum writing a desire to convert chaos into an affirmative, liberal agenda, Abrams contends that authors of the 1840s and 50s deconstructed more than they constructed.
Keywords American literature History and criticism  Skepticism in literature  Alienation (Social psychology) in literature  Place (Philosophy) in literature  Landscape in literature  Geography in literature
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Call number PS217.S5.A26 2004
ISBN(s) 052111988X   0521830648   9780521830645
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