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Cohesion and Dissent in America


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Acknowledgments Introduction: Cohesion, Dissent, and the Aims of Criticism Joseph Alkana Part I: Cohesion and Dissent in the History of American Theory 1. Discovering America: A Cross-Cultural Perspective Sacvan Bercovitch 2. Jewish Critics and American Literature: The Case of Sacvan Bercovitch Rael Meyerowitz 3. Sacvan Bercovitch, Stanely Cavell, and the Romance Theory of American Fiction Emily Miller Burdick Part II: Establishing Modernist Traditions at Dissent 4. T.S. Eliot's American Dissent/Descent Donald Childs 5. Work on Truth in America: The Example of William James Barry Allen 6. The Orient as Pretext for Aesthetic and cultural Revolution in Modern American POetry Kathleen Flanagan Part III: Cohesion, Dissent, and Contemporary Cultural Boundaries 7. "Chaos Goes Uncourted": Joan Yau's Dis(-)Orienting Poetics Priscilla Wald 8. The Hybridity of Culture in Arturo Islas's The Rain God Jose David Saldivar 9. Norman Mailer and the Radical Text Kathy Smith Part IV: Problems of Marginality in America 10. Problematizing American Dissent: The Subject of Phillis Weatley Helen Burke 11. Before the Law, after the Judgment: Schizophrenia in John Barth's The Floating Opera Theron Britt 12. Bercovitch's Paradox: Critical Dissent, Marginality, and the Example of Melville Carol Colatrella Contributors

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Carol Colatrella is Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Joseph Alkana is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Miami, Florida.


"The range of topics represented in the book suggests both the power and problems of Bercovitch's formulation. The final section in particular presents the possibilities offered by Bercovitch's idea of consensus and dissent in understanding the current debate over canon issues. Bercovitch's essay itself is a fine and honest accounting of his ideas that opens room for critique." - Daniel Reagan, St. Anselm College

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