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The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America / Edition 1

The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America / Edition 1

by Sacvan Bercovitch
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The Rites of Assent examines the cultural strategies through which "America" served as a vehicle simultaneously for diversity and cohesion, fusion and fragmentation. Taking an ethnographic, cross-cultural approach, The Rites of Assent traces the meanings and purposes of "America" back to the colonial typology of mission, and specifically (in chapters on Puritan rhetoric, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and the movement from Revival to Revolution) to the legacy of early New England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415900157
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/10/1992
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 858,043
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sacvan Bercovitch is Carswell Professor of English at Harvard University and is currently the General Editor of the multi-volume Cambridge History of American Literature. His previous books include The Puritan Origins of the American Self, The American Jeremiad, and The Office "The Scarlet Letter."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: The Music of America 2. The Ritual of Consensus 3. The Ends of Puritan Rhetoric 4. Cotton Mather and the Vision of America 5. The Typology of Mission, from Edwards to Independence 6. Continuing Revolution: George Bancroft and the Myth of

Progress 7. The Return of Hester Prynne 8. Pierre, or the Ambiguities of Literary History 9. Emerson, Individualism, and Liberal Dissent 10. The Problem of Ideology in American Literary Studies Endnotes Index

wider range of American literature and culture. Rites of Assent will obviously be required reading for Americanists in every field (Gerald Graff, George M. Pullman Professor of English and Education)

rhetoric that have mystified millions for two centuries. These essays will again awaken his audience to the delusions of the American dream and leave some wishing they could go back to sleep. (Emory Elliott, Presidential Chair of English, University of California)

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