Voyages of the Self: Pairs, Parallels and Patterns in American Art and Literature by Barbara NovakVoyages of the Self: Pairs, Parallels and Patterns in American Art and Literature by Barbara Novak

Voyages of the Self: Pairs, Parallels and Patterns in American Art and Literature

byBarbara Novak

Paperback | May 29, 2009

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Barbara Novak is one of America's premier art historians, the author of the seminal books American Painting of the Nineteenth Century and Nature and Culture. Now, with the paperback of Voyages of the Self, this esteemed critic completes the trilogy begun with the two earlier works, offeringonce again an exhilarating exploration of American art and culture. In this book, Novak explores several inspired pairings of key writers and painters, drawing insightful parallels between such masters as John Singleton Copley and Jonathan Edwards, Winslow Homer and William James, Frederic EdwinChurch and Walt Whitman, and Jackson Pollock and Charles Olson. Through these and other groupings, Novak tracks the varied meanings of the self in America, in which the most salient characteristics of each artist or writer is shown to draw from - and in turn influence - the larger map of Americanlife. Two major threads weaving through the book are the American preoccupation with the "object" and our continuing return to pragmatism. Through fruitful comparisons - whether between Copley and Edwards, or Lane and Emerson, or Ryder and Dickinson - Novak sheds unmatched light on our nation'sartistic heritage.
Widely recognized as one of the most influential theorists of American art, Barbara Novak is the author of several scholarly books and articles, as well as two novels and a play. Novak received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Barnard Alumnae Association in 1985. She was honored with the College Art Association (CAA) Award for ...
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Title:Voyages of the Self: Pairs, Parallels and Patterns in American Art and LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:May 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Copley and Edwards: Self, Consciousness, and Thing2. Emerson and Lane: Luminist Time and the Transcendental Aboriginal Self3. Thoreau and the Indian Self: Circles, Silence and Democratic Land4. Whitman and Church: Transcendant Optimism and the Democratic Self5. Homer and James: The Pragmatic Self made Concrete6. Dickinson and Ryder: Immortality, Eternity and the Reclusive Self7. Pollock and Olson: Time, Space, and the Activated Bodily Self