Negative Liberties - CL

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Mai 2001



A revisionary view of the history of liberalism in the USA, and an assessment of its viability in the present.


Narrating individualism; bad histories and official stories; varieties of liberal individualism; too much, or not enough?; idealizing individualism; from egoism to self-reliance; the heart of liberalism; the unencumbered; self democratic individuality; unenlightened enlightenment; slavery and social death; people into things; dispossession and the dispossessed; Emersonian nightmares; from reason to miracle; contemplating community; the bad society; the view from the bottom; from San Narciso to vineland; communal difference, communal sameness; Conclusion - beyond individualism.


Cyrus R. K. Patell is Associate Professor of English at New York University. He is the author of "Joyce's Use of History in "Finnegans Wake"" and a contributor to the "Cambridge History of American Literature, Volume 7: Prose Writing, 1940-1990."


"Negative Liberties combines historical, literary, cultural, and political interests as it includes a historical study and critique of 'individualism,' excellent literary chapters devoted to fresh readings of Thomas Pynchon and Toni Morrison, a political examination of the relationship of liberty and slavery, and a cultural analysis of baseball. Inspired by Sacvan Bercovitch, Cyrus Patell's book is a thoughtful contribution to American Studies."- Werner Sollors, Harvard University [NOTE! Author says this refers to stuff now NOT IN THE BOOK. He suggests a specific editing. See email dated 11/9!] "Negative Liberties is a sophisticated study of the appeal of the ideology of individualism in the United States. It is a vast and widely considered topic, but Patell has something new to say about it. His unique contribution comes out of his understanding of the human reliance on storytelling and the creation of narratives. Ethical and deeply engaging, this book adds an important new dimension to ideological criticism in the United States."- Priscilla Wald, author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form
EAN: 9780822326649
ISBN: 0822326647
Untertitel: 'New Americanists'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2001
Seitenanzahl: 264 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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