The Writing of America : Literature And Cultural Identity from the Puritans to the Present

By: Ward, Geoff

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In this lively and provocative study, Geoff Ward puts forward the bold claim that the founding documents of American identity are essentially literary. America was invented, not discovered, and it remains in thrall to the myth of an earthly Paradise. This is Paradise, and American ideology imprisons as it inspires.

The Writing of America shows the tension between these forces in a wide range of literary and other texts, from Puritan sermons and the Declaration of Independence, through nineteenth-century classics, to folk and blues lyrics and the popular novel. Alongside his provocative reassessments of canonical writers, Ward offers new material on lost or neglected figures from the world of literature, film and music. His acute and often startling analyses of American literature and culture make this an essential guide to what Lincoln termed the last best hope of earth.

Title: The Writing of America : Literature And Cultural Identity from the Puritans to the Present

Author Name: Ward, Geoff

Categories: Literary Criticism/Comment,

Publisher: United Kingdom, Polity Pr: 2002

ISBN Number: 074562622X

ISBN Number 13: 9780745626222

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 018373

Description: Appears unread, minimal edgewear to wraps.

Keywords: GROUP IDENTITY LITERATURE NATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS,