By Cindy Weinstein,Christopher Looby
Deploying a particular variety of methodologies, essays mix shut readings of person works and authors with extra theoretical discussions of aesthetic thought and its relation to American literature. An creation surveys the increase of a literary feedback dependent in aesthetics from the eighteenth century to its twentieth-century remaking within the wake of deconstruction, identification politics, and new historicism. The editors eventually argue that aesthetics by no means quite left American literary critique, even within the heyday of latest historicism. as an alternative, they solid the present return to aesthetics” because the traditional final result of shortcomings in deconstruction and new historicism, which ended in a reconfiguration of aesthetics. next essays exhibit the price and flexibility of aesthetic concerns in literature, from eighteenth-century poetry to twentieth-century well known song. geared up into 4 groups—politics, shape, gender, and theory—they revisit the canonical works of Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Stephen Crane, introduce the ignored texts of Constance Fenimore Woolson and Earl Lind, and unpack the awesome complexities of the tune of The Carpenters. Deeply rooted in an American context, those essays discover literature’s aesthetic dimensions in connection to American liberty and the formation of political selfhood, and so they finish with the moral implications of analyzing and representation.
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