The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America

The Rites of Assent Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America 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 cultura

  • Title: The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America
  • Author: Sacvan Bercovitch
  • ISBN: 9780415900157
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, CThe 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 A terrifying and strange America is revealed in these remarkable essays Bercovitch has changed the map of American studies Richard Sennett, NYU The Rites of Assent may be not only Sacvan Bercovitch s most accessible book, but his most important as well In it Bercovitch applies his massively influential earlier analysis of the Puritan jeremiad, the Puritan self, and the ideology of American liberal consensus to a broader range of American literature and culture Superbly written and powerful in its sustained critique, The Rites of Assent will be required reading for students of American culture Gerald Graff, University of Chicago

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    1. Describes how, from the time of the Puritans, the ideology of "America" has offered a way to envision consensus within dissensus -- through expansion and continual revolution. In this way, even resistance and dissent in America have actually supported and renewed the dominant ideology of progress. From the time of the Puritans, Bercovitch argues, Americans have perceived their common identity as one of an unfulfilled mission.

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