The Puritan Origins of the American Self

The Puritan Origins of the American Self Perhaps the most penetrating examination yet published of the sources of our obsessive concern with the meaning of America Jack P Greene History The most valuable achievement in colonial American lit

  • Title: The Puritan Origins of the American Self
  • Author: Sacvan Bercovitch
  • ISBN: 9780300021172
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perhaps the most penetrating examination yet published of the sources of our obsessive concern with the meaning of America Jack P Greene, History The most valuable achievement in colonial American literature since the best work of Perry Miller David Levin, William and Mary Quarterly A brave and brilliant book that is the most significant and far reaching cont Perhaps the most penetrating examination yet published of the sources of our obsessive concern with the meaning of America Jack P Greene, History The most valuable achievement in colonial American literature since the best work of Perry Miller David Levin, William and Mary Quarterly A brave and brilliant book that is the most significant and far reaching contribution to the theory of American literature in recent years Alan Trachtenberg, Partisan Review A study which reaches with daring ease from the Bible and Augustine to Emerson and Whitman and offers an agenda for the next several decades of scholarly work on colonial religious studies John F Wilson, Theology Today casts a dazzling light on the myth of America and the conundrums of individuality and community that are the core of the American character Michael Zuckerman, Early American Literature

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    1. Insightful/thorough digestion of the American Literary and Rhetorical tradition from the 17th to 19th centuries. B was quick to attribute complete self-consciousness to the heirs of the Puritan theocracy (especially Mather), but I appreciate, that rather than bring a trite, pre-formed schema (Marxism, Feminism, etc.) to bear on the source material, he at least limits himself to (perhaps over-)application of a schema he discovered within the tradition itself.

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