Letter and the Spirit of Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Justice, Politics, Theology

McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005 - 295 páginas
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Moving back to the trial of Anne Hutchinson in Puritan Massachusetts and the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson in order to analyse theo-political signification, Loebel provides a new context for examining the politically performative function of language in such texts as The Scarlet Letter, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Waiting for the Verdict. He also argues, however, that a specific theo-logic manifests itself in the political rhetoric of the nation, such that the afterlife of the New Jerusalem resonates not just in the Blessings of Liberty enshrined in the Constitution but also in the shift from a religious understanding of union with Jesus to that of the Union of States as a nation. theorising representation as a political, theological, legal, and literary issue that has continued currency both in twentieth-century literature and in the political discourse of America's global vision, such as the axis of evil and the new world order. Anyone interested in American literature and culture will view the relationship between ethics and justice differently after reading this book.

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Thomas Loebel is associate professor of English, York University.

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