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At Emerson's tomb : the politics of classic American literature
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Rowe, John Carlos.
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9780231058940

9780231058957
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New York : Columbia University Press, c1997.
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xiv, 302 p. ; 24 cm.
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Summary

Representative works are interpreted in light of the two great political movements of the nineteenth century: the abolition of slavery and the women's rights movement. By reexamining Emerson, Poe, Melville, Douglass, Walt Whitman, Chopin, and Faulkner and others, Rowe assesses the degree to which major writers' attitudes toward race, class, and gender contribute to specific political reforms in nineteenth and twentieth-century American culture.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1 At Emerson's Tombp. 1
2 Hamlet's Task: Emerson's Political Writingsp. 17
3 Antebellum Slavery and Modern Criticism: Edgar Allan Poe's Pym and "The Purloined Letter"p. 42
4 A Critique of Ideology: Herman Melville's Pierrep. 63
5 Between Politics and Poetics: Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himselfp. 96
6 'Reconstructing the Family: Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlp. 124
7 The Body Poetic: Walt Whitman's Drum-Tapsp. 145
8 Fatal Speculations --Murder, Money, and Manners: Mark Twain's the Gilded Age and Pudd' Nhead Wilsonp. 162
9 The Politics of Innocence: Henry James' the Americanp. 179
10 The Economics of the Body: Kate Chopin's the Awakeningp. 200
11 The African-American Voice:William Faulkner's Go Down, Mosesp. 222
12 Revivalsp. 247
Notesp. 253
Indexp. 293