The Complicity of Imagination: The American Renaissance, Contests of Authority, and Seventeenth-Century English Culture by Robin GreyThe Complicity of Imagination: The American Renaissance, Contests of Authority, and Seventeenth-Century English Culture by Robin Grey

The Complicity of Imagination: The American Renaissance, Contests of Authority, and Seventeenth…

byRobin Grey

Paperback | March 19, 2009

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The Complicity of Imagination examines the rich and complex relationship among four nineteenth-century authors and the culture and politics of seventeenth-century England. This study portrays an American Renaissance whose writers were deeply enough read in the literature and controversies of seventeenth-century England to appropriate its cultural artifacts for their own purposes. By exploring the broader cultural implications of intertextual relationships, this book demonstrates how literary texts participate in the artistic, political, and theological tensions within American culture.
Title:The Complicity of Imagination: The American Renaissance, Contests of Authority, and Seventeenth…Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521105544

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Table of Contents

1. Cultural predicaments and authorial responses; 2. A Seraph's Eloquence: Emerson's inspired language and Milton's apocalyptic prose; 3. Margaret Fuller's The Two Herberts: Emerson and the disavowal of sequestered virtue; 4. As If a Green Bough were Laid Across the Page: Thoreau's seventeenth-century landscapes and extravagant personae; 5. Melville's Mardi and Moby-Dick: marvelous travel narratives, and seventeenth-century methods of inquiry; 6. Surmising the infidel: Melville reads Milton.

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"...thoroughly researched, well written, and genuinely compelling...This fascinating study is highly reccomended." Christianity and Literature