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The Life and Undeath of Autonomy in American Literature

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ISBN-13:
9780813935300
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
168
Autor:
Geoff Hamilton
Serie:
University of Virginia Press
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In The Life and Undeath of Autonomy in American Literature, Geoff Hamilton charts the evolution of the fundamental concept of autonomy
in the American imaginary across the span of the nation's literary history. Whereas
America's ideological roots are typically examined in relation to Enlightenment Europe,
this book traces the American literary representation of autonomy back to its pastoral,
political, and ultimately religious origins in ancient Greek thought. Tracking autonomy's
evolution in America from the Declaration of Independence to contemporary works, Hamilton
considers affinities between American and Greek literary characters-Natty Bumppo and Odysseus,
Emerson's "poet" and Socrates, Cormac McCarthy's Judge Holden and
Callicles-and reveals both what American literary history has in common with that of ancient
Greece and what is distinctively its own.