OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

History and the Ever-Present Now in Antebellum American Writing

ISBN : 9780198825647

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¥8,068
著者: 
Jeffrey Insko
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256 ページ
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Hardcover
サイズ
156 x 234 mm
刊行日
2018年12月
シリーズ
Oxford Studies in American Literary History
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The Ever-Present Now examines the meaning and possibilities of the present and its relationship to history and historicity in a number of literary texts; specifically, the writings of several figures in antebellum US literary history-some, but not all of whom, associated with the period's romantic movement. Focusing on nineteenth-century writers who were impatient for social change, like those advocating for the immediate emancipation of slaves, as opposed to those planning for a gradual end to slavery, the book recovers some of the political force of romanticism. Through close readings of texts by Washington Irving, John Neal, Catharine Sedgwick, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Herman Melville, the book argues that these writers practiced forms of literary historiography that treat the past as neither a reflection of present interests nor as an irretrievably distant 'other', but as a complex and open-ended interaction between the two. In place of a fixed and linear past, these writers imagine history as an experience rooted in a fluid, dynamic, and ever-changing present. The political, philosophical, and aesthetic disposition Insko calls 'romantic presentism' insists upon the present as the fundamental sphere of human action and experience-and hence of ethics and democratic possibility.

目次: 

Part I. De-formations of History
1 Diedrich Knickerbocker, Regular Bred Historian
2 Unhistorical Fictions: Sedgwick and Neal
Part II. Reformations of the Present
3 Emerson's Strong Present Tense
4 Frederick Douglass's Historical Turn
5 Israel Potter
or, Hither and Thither History
Coda: #StayWoke

著者について: 

Jeffrey Insko is Associate Professor of English at Oakland University where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century US literature and culture. He is the recipient of the 2012 Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award. His essays have appeared in American Literary History, American Literature, Early American Literature, and ESQ.

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