The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 1, 1590-1820 by Sacvan BercovitchThe Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 1, 1590-1820 by Sacvan Bercovitch

The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 1, 1590-1820

EditorSacvan Bercovitch

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The Cambridge History of American Literature addresses the spectrum of new and established directions in American writing. An interdisciplinary distillation of American literary history, it weds the voice of traditional criticism with the diversity of interests that characterize contemporary literary studies. Volume 1 covers the colonial and early national periods, discussing authors ranging from Renaissance explorers to the poets and novelists of the new republic. It should prove an indispensable guide for scholars and students in the fields of English and American literatures and American history.
Sacvan Bercovitch, who is a professor at Harvard University, is probably the most influential critic in American studies today. Tracing the function of rhetoric in American writing from the Puritans through the nineteenth century, Bercovitch has argued that the persuasiveness of rhetoric is in proportion to its capacity to help people ...
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Title:The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 1, 1590-1820Format:PaperbackDimensions:846 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 1.89 inPublished:January 28, 1997Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521585716

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The literature of colonisation Myra Jehlen; 2. New England puritan literature Emory Elliott; 3. British-American belles lettres David S. Shields; 4. The American enlightenment 1750-1820 Robert A. Ferguson; 5. The literature of the revolutionary and early national periods Michael T. Gilmore; Chronology; Bibliography; Index.

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"The Cambridge History of American Literature [...] is, without doubt and without any serious rival, THE scholarly history for our generation." --Journal of American Studies