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The Resource Literature, American style : the originality of imitation in the early Republic, Ezra Tawil

Literature, American style : the originality of imitation in the early Republic, Ezra Tawil

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Literature, American style : the originality of imitation in the early Republic
Title
Literature, American style
Title remainder
the originality of imitation in the early Republic
Statement of responsibility
Ezra Tawil
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Between 1780 and 1800, authors of imaginative literature in the new United States wanted to assert that their works, which bore obvious connections to anglophone literature on the far side of the Atlantic, nevertheless constituted a properly "American" tradition. No one had yet figured out, however, what it would mean to write like an American, what literature with an American origin would look like, nor what literary characteristics the elusive quality of Americanness could generate. Literature, American Style returns to this historical moment--decades before the romantic nationalism of Cooper, the transcendentalism of Emerson and Thoreau, or the iconoclastic poetics of Whitman--when a fantasy about the unique characteristics of U.S. literature first took shape, and when that notion was linked to literary style.While late eighteenth-century U.S. literature advertised itself as the cultural manifestation of a radically innovative nation, Ezra Tawil argues, it was not primarily marked by invention or disruption. In fact, its authors self-consciously imitated European literary traditions while adapting them to a new cultural environment. These writers gravitated to the realm of style, then, because it provided a way of sidestepping the uncomfortable reality of cultural indebtedness; it was their use of style that provided a way of departing from European literary precedents. Each of their works claims to embody something "American" in style yet, according to Tawil, remains legible only in the context of stylistic, generic, and conceptual forms that animated English cultural life through the century
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PAU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
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Tawil, Ezra F.
Dewey number
810.9/35873
Index
index present
LC call number
PS195.N35
LC item number
T39 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Nationalism and literature
  • English language
  • English language
  • American literature
  • English language
  • English language
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Nationalism and literature
  • United States
  • Literarischer Stil
  • Literatur
  • Nationenbildung
  • USA
Label
Literature, American style : the originality of imitation in the early Republic, Ezra Tawil
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-246) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Style and the Cisatlantic -- To Form a More Perfect Language : Noah Webster's American-Style English -- Transatlantic Correspondences : Crèvecoeur and the Incorrect Style -- "New Forms of Sublimity" : Charles Brockden Brown and the Irregular Style -- "Homespun Habits" : Seduction, Sentiment, and the Artless Style -- Coda : Stock and Soil
Control code
1027735187
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9780812250374
Lccn
2018002988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1027735187
Label
Literature, American style : the originality of imitation in the early Republic, Ezra Tawil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Style and the Cisatlantic -- To Form a More Perfect Language : Noah Webster's American-Style English -- Transatlantic Correspondences : Crèvecoeur and the Incorrect Style -- "New Forms of Sublimity" : Charles Brockden Brown and the Irregular Style -- "Homespun Habits" : Seduction, Sentiment, and the Artless Style -- Coda : Stock and Soil
Control code
1027735187
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9780812250374
Lccn
2018002988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1027735187

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