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The Reign of Wonder
Naivety and Reality in American Literature

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  • Date Published: June 1977
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521291989

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  • The adopted attitude towards reality and experience in American literature tends to be one of wonder and cultivated naivety rather than analysis and judgement. In this book, Dr Tanner offers some reasons for this and seeks to demonstrate the peculiar importance of wonder in American literature, by examining a number of key writers and showing how they confronted and assimilated reality at the same time he considers some of the difficulties incurred by this approach and studies its effects on American style.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1977
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521291989
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the sleep of reason
    Part I. The Transcendentalists:
    1. Saints behold: the transcendentalist point of view
    2. Emerson: the unconquered eye and the enchanted circle
    3. Thoreau and the sauntering eye
    4. Walt Whitman's ecstatic first step
    Part II. Mark Twain:
    6. The doctors of the wilderness
    7. A system of reduction
    8. The voice of the outlaw
    9. The pond of youth
    10. Huck Finn and the reflections of a saphead
    Part III. The Twentieth Century:
    11. Gertrude Stein and the complete actual present
    12. Sherwood Anderson's Little Things
    13. Ernest Hemingway's Unhurried Sensations
    Part IV. Henry James:
    14. The candid outsider
    15. The range of wonderment
    16. The subjective adventure
    Afterword: wonder and alienation - the mystic and the moviegoer

  • Author

    Tony Tanner

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