Paperback / softback
September 1, 1989
9780801839375
English
224
8.00 Inches (US)
5.25 Inches (US)
.5625 Pounds (US)
$26.95 USD, £20.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference

The American Renaissance Reconsidered

The term American Renaissance designates a period in our nation's history when the literary "classics" appeared—works "original" enough to mark a beginning for America's literary history. But the American Renaissance, Donald Pease argues in his introduction, does not belong to the nation's secular history so much as it denotes a rebirth from it: "Independent of the time kept by secular history, the American Renaissance keeps what we could call global Renaissance time—the sacred time a nation claims to renew, when it claims its cultural place as a great nation existing within a world of great nations. Providing each nation with the terms for cultural greatness denied to secular history, the 'renaissance' is not an occasion occurring within any specific historical time or place so much as it is a moment of cultural achievement that repeatedly demands to be reborn."

The American Renaissance Reconsidered examines this demand for rebirth in terms other than those ordained by the American Renaissance itself. In the seven pieces collected here it is reborn, not outside of, but within America's secular history, as the authors examine anew the period of the American Renaissance—and the period in which its history was written.

Contributing authors are Eric J. Sundquist, Jane P. Tompkins, Louis A. Renza, Jonathan Arac, Donald E. Pease, Walter Benn Michaels, and Allen Grossman.

About the Authors

Walter Benn Michaels is professor of English at the Johns Hopkins University. Donald E. Pease is associate professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Johns Hopkins University Press
Selected Papers from the English Institute
From 17

9780801839375 : the-american-renaissance-reconsidered-michaels-pease
Paperback / softback
224 Pages
$26.95 USD

Other Titles from Selected Papers from the English Institute

Cannibals, Witches, and Divorce

edited by Marjorie Garber
Oct 2003 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$28.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Sex, Politics, and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

edited by Ruth Bernard Yeazell
May 1991 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Consequences of Theory

edited by Jonathan Arac and Barbara Johnson
Sep 1990 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$28.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General

Generous Thinking

Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Jan 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Understanding Stewart O'Nan

Heike Paul
Sep 2020 - University of South Carolina Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback
$59.99 USD - Hardback

Teaching Jewish American Literature

edited by Roberta Rosenberg, Rachel Rubinstein
Apr 2020 - The Modern Language Association of America, an imprint of Modern Language Association of America
$65.00 USD - Hardback
$34.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in Literature: history & criticism

Before the Raj

James Mulholland
Feb 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$94.95 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text

Generous Thinking

Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Jan 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Modernism after Postcolonialism

Mara de Gennaro
Nov 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$94.95 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text