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The Resource The American epic : transforming a genre, 1770-1860, John P. McWilliams, Jr, (electronic book)

The American epic : transforming a genre, 1770-1860, John P. McWilliams, Jr, (electronic book)

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The American epic : transforming a genre, 1770-1860
Title
The American epic
Title remainder
transforming a genre, 1770-1860
Statement of responsibility
John P. McWilliams, Jr
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
John McWilliams's 1990 book was the first thorough account of the many attempts to fashion an epic literature (the anxiously anticipated 'American Epic') from a wide range of potentially heroic New World subjects. At the outset, McWilliams considers the many problems - cultural, political and literary' - of adapting Enlightenment views of republican progress to a genre that had traditionally celebrated the greatness of warriors. After a survey of the many epic poems written during and after the American Revolution, McWilliams shows how and why the epic had to be transformed from imitative narrative poetry into the new, open genres of prose history (Irving, Prescott and Parkman), fictional romance (Cooper and Melville) and free verse (Whitman). Believing that reviews are an important and slighted agent of literary change, McWilliams has written his book in the form of chronological literary history. His book, however, is no march of dates within tired categories. The American Epic suggests that imaginative writers of the Romantic era were in fact far less proscriptive about the boundaries of literary genre than many a twentieth-century writer and scholar
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UkCbUP
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McWilliams, John P
Index
index present
LC call number
PS169.E63
LC item number
M38 1989eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
Series volume
36
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  • Epic literature, American
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • United States
  • United States
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The American epic : transforming a genre, 1770-1860, John P. McWilliams, Jr, (electronic book)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. [243]-280
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9780511666636
Extent
x, 284 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780511666636
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Type of computer file
PDF
Label
The American epic : transforming a genre, 1770-1860, John P. McWilliams, Jr, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. [243]-280
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9780511666636
Extent
x, 284 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780511666636
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Type of computer file
PDF

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