A collection of six essays (three previously unpublished) forming a meditation on the theory of a specifically "American" literature. Riddel explores "cardinal" oppositions creation versus representation, poetry versus criticism, geography versus "ego-graphy" through an examination of classic 19th century American literature including the work of Emerson, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and others. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Purloined Letters: Originality and Repetition in American Literature

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  • by Joseph N. Riddel  (Author), Mark Bauerlein (Editor)