Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Anthony Hutchison's book is an exceptional work of literary scholarship and political reasoning. Though the political novel in America has been much written about, I don't know any other critical book that situates fiction in the context of major debates about the nature of 'the Republic' or takes so much care in defining the 'liberal' idea. The novels studied in this book take on a depth and resonance that they have not had before and can be read in new and more serious ways. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: In this provocative book, Anthony Hutchison challenges the belief that the American novel is "antipolitical" and condemns the relative absence of American literature in studies of the political novel. In Hutchison's view, our fiction is always informed by the complexities of the American political tradition, and to acknowledge this is to introduce a new, rewarding chapter of critical inquiry into the study of American literature.
Focusing on the works of Herman Melville, Gore Vidal, Russell Banks, Lionel Trilling, and Philip Roth, Hutchison finds a critique of liberalism put forth by classical republicanism, transcendentalism, Marxism, and neoconservatism at their respective moments of historical ascent. He shows how these authors take very specific historical periods and episodes for their subject matter and interrogate, critique, and contextualize pivotal moments in the intellectual history of American liberalism. In their work, liberalism reconstitutes itself in the face of competing ideological pressures, demonstrating that the novel is very much characterized by a "republican" concern with the health of the polity.
Considering such artists, philosophers, and theorists as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Hannah Arendt, and John Dewey, alongside numerous contemporary commentators and historians, Hutchison repositions American novelists as serious political thinkers. He reveals Melville's Moby Dick to be the formal template for the American political novel and compares and contrasts its embodiment of "republican" fiction with the "democratic" mode Mikhail Bakhtin associates with Dostoevsky. He especially draws attention to the meaning of republicanism in the early national period, the place of abolitionism in the Civil War, and the post-1930s liberal retreat from Left radicalism.
By concentrating on the tension between issues of liberalism and morality in the political thought of these American novelists, Hutchison hopes to advance a more nuanced and textured understanding of the U.S. political tradition. He scrutinizes a number of critical studies and makes a cogent case for a more interdisciplinary approach to the American political novel that focuses less on the politics of representation and more on the representation of politics.
About the Author: Anthony Hutchison is a lecturer in American intellectual and cultural history at the University of Nottingham, U.K. This is his first book.
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Buchbeschreibung Columbia University Press (2007), New York, 2007. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. First edition. New York: Columbia University Press, (2007). First edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Octavo, xxiii  230 pp. Includes bibliography and index. Ex-library, but no pocket or spine label. There is a bar code label on the front free endpaper, and "withdrawn" stamp. On the title page there is a library and "withdrawn" stamp. Clean and tight; appears unread. Dust jacket is near fine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000014815
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Buchbeschreibung Columbia University Press, 2007. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P110231141386