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Eric Sundquist takes four representative writers—James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville—and considers the way in which each grapples with the crucial issues of genealogy and authority in his works. From all four a common pattern emerges: the desire to revolt against the past is countered by the need to invoke or even repeat it. Sundquist's approach to the texts is psychoanalytic, but he does not attempt a clinical dissection of each writer; rather, he determines how personal crisis became material for engaging with larger questions of social and literary crisis.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Halftitle
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. iv-212
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. v
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  1. Epigraphs
  2. p. vii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxi
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  1. Halftitle 1
  2. p. xxiii
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  1. One. “The home of my childhood”: Incest and Imitation in Cooper’s Home as Found
  2. pp. 1-40
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  1. Two. “Plowing homeward”: Cultivation and Grafting in Thoreau and the Week
  2. pp. 41-85
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  1. Three. “The home of the dead”: Representation and Speculation in Hawthorne and The House of the Seven Gables
  2. pp. 86-142
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  1. Four. “At home in his words”: Parody and Parricide in Melville’s Pierre
  2. pp. 143-185
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-202
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 203-209
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421430157
Related ISBN
9781421431000
MARC Record
OCLC
1117477976
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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