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A Natural History of Pragmatism
The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521694506

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  • Joan Richardson provides a fascinating and compelling account of the emergence of the quintessential American philosophy: pragmatism. She demonstrates pragmatism's engagement with various branches of the natural sciences and traces the development of Jamesian pragmatism from the late nineteenth century through modernism, following its pointings into the present. Richardson combines strands from America's religious experience with scientific information to offer interpretations that break new ground in literary and cultural history. This book exemplifies the value of interdisciplinary approaches to producing literary criticism. In a series of highly original readings of Edwards, Emerson, William and Henry James, Stevens, and Stein, A Natural History of Pragmatism tracks the interplay of religious motive, scientific speculation, and literature in shaping an American aesthetic. Wide-ranging and bold, this groundbreaking book will be essential reading for all students and scholars of American literature.

    • An innovative study of the pragmatist school of American thought
    • New perspectives on American modernists such as Stein, Stevens and James
    • An interdiscipinary view of the fin-de-siècle configurations of American literature and culture
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    "Richardson reads the subjects of her history well, and this work is amarvelous introduction to Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, Henry James, Wallace Stevens, and Gertrude Stein." - Steven Schroeder, Chicago, Illinois Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas

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    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521694506
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: frontier instances
    2. In Jonathan Edwards's room of the idea
    3. Emerson's moving pictures
    4. William James's feeling of if
    5. Henry James's more than rational distortion
    6. Wallace Stevens's radiant and productive atmosphere
    7. Gertrude Stein, James's Melancthon/a
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  • Author

    Joan Richardson, City University of New York
    Joan Richardson is Professor of English, Comparative Literature and American Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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