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The Resource Liberty of the imagination : aesthetic theory, literary form, and politcs in the early United States, Edward Cahill

Liberty of the imagination : aesthetic theory, literary form, and politcs in the early United States, Edward Cahill

Label
Liberty of the imagination : aesthetic theory, literary form, and politcs in the early United States
Title
Liberty of the imagination
Title remainder
aesthetic theory, literary form, and politcs in the early United States
Statement of responsibility
Edward Cahill
Title variation
Aesthetic theory, literary form, and politcs in the early United States
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Liberty of the Imagination, Edward Cahill uncovers the surprisingly powerful impact of eighteenth-century theories of the imagination - philosophical ideas about aesthetic pleasure, taste, genius, the beautiful, and the sublime - on American writing from the Revolutionary era to the early nineteenth century. Far from being too busy with politics and commerce or too anxious about the morality of pleasure, American writers consistently turned to ideas of the imagination in order to comprehend natural and artistic objects, social formations, and political institutions. Cahill argues that conceptual tensions within aesthetic theory rendered it an evocative language for describing the challenges of American political liberty and confronting the many contradictions of nation formation. His analyses reveal the centrality of aesthetics to key political debates during the colonial crisis, the Revolution, Constitutional ratification, and the advent of Jeffersonian democracy. Exploring the relevance of aesthetic ideas to a range of literary genres - poetry, novels, political writing, natural history writing, and literary criticism - Cahill makes illuminating connections between intellectual and political history and the idiosyncratic formal tendencies of early national texts. In doing so, Liberty of the Imagination manifests the linguistic and intellectual richness of an underappreciated literary tradition and offers an original account of the continuity between Revolutionary writing and nineteenth-century literary romanticism."--Project Muse
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Cataloging source
CDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cahill, Edward
Dewey number
801.9/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PS208
LC item number
.C26 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Aesthetics, American
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Imagination in literature
  • Landscapes in literature
  • Literary form
  • Politics in literature
  • Literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Aesthetics, American
  • American literature
  • Imagination in literature
  • Landscapes in literature
  • Literary form
  • Literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Politics in literature
Label
Liberty of the imagination : aesthetic theory, literary form, and politcs in the early United States, Edward Cahill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-302) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ingenious disquisition and controversy -- Poetry, pleasure, and the Revolution -- The beautiful and sublime objects of landscape writing -- Taste, ratification, and repubican form in The Federalist -- The novel, the imagination, and Charles Brockden Brown's aesthetic state -- Federalist criticism and the power of genius
Control code
822017759
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (318 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812206197
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.9783/9780812206197
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 421151
  • 22573/ctt35g4fq
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822017759
Label
Liberty of the imagination : aesthetic theory, literary form, and politcs in the early United States, Edward Cahill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-302) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ingenious disquisition and controversy -- Poetry, pleasure, and the Revolution -- The beautiful and sublime objects of landscape writing -- Taste, ratification, and repubican form in The Federalist -- The novel, the imagination, and Charles Brockden Brown's aesthetic state -- Federalist criticism and the power of genius
Control code
822017759
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (318 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812206197
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.9783/9780812206197
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 421151
  • 22573/ctt35g4fq
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822017759

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