Transcendental Wordplay

Transcendental Wordplay PDF
Author: Michael West
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821413244
Size: 71.45 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 518
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Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, America was captivated by a muddled notion of "etymology." New England Transcendentalism was only one outcropping of a nationwide movement in which schoolmasters across small-town America taught students the roots of words in ways that dramatized religious issues and sparked wordplay. Shaped by this ferment, our major romantic authors shared the sensibility that Friedrich Schlegel linked to punning and christened "romantic irony." Notable punsters or etymologists all, they gleefully set up as sages, creating jocular masterpieces from their zest for oracular wordplay. Their search for a primal language lurking beneath all natural languages provided them with something like a secret language that encodes their meanings. To fathom their essentially comic masterpieces we must decipher it. Interpreting Thoreau as an ironic moralist, satirist, and social critic rather than a nature-loving mystic, Transcendental Wordplay suggests that the major American Romantics shared a surprising conservatism. In this award-winning study, Professor West rescues the pun from critical contempt and allows readers to enjoy it as a serious form of American humor.

Quest For A Christian America 1800 1865

Quest for a Christian America  1800   1865 PDF
Author: David Edwin Harrell
Publisher: University Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817350748
Size: 51.38 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 278
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The definitive social history of the Disciples of Christ in the 19th century. The Disciples of Christ, led by reformers such as Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone, was one of a number of early-19th-century primitivist religious movements seeking to "restore the ancient order of things." The Disciples movement was little more than a loose collection of independent congregations until the middle of the 19th century, but by 1900 three clear groupings of churches had appeared. Today, more than 5 million Americans—members of the modern-day Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), Independent Christian Churches, and Churches of Christ, among others—trace their religious heritage to this "Restoration Movement."

Biographical Books 1876 1949

Biographical Books  1876 1949 PDF
Author: R.R. Bowker Company. Department of Bibliography
Publisher: R. R. Bowker
ISBN: 9780835216036
Size: 26.53 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Biography
Languages : en
Pages : 1768
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"This book is a companion volume to Biographical books, 1950-1980, completing a comprehensive one hundred and five year bibliography of biographical and autobiographical works published or distributed in the United States"--Preface.

The Novel Of Neronian Rome And Its Multimedial Transformations

The Novel of Neronian Rome and Its Multimedial Transformations PDF
Author: Monika Wo'zniak
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198867530
Size: 66.69 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 352
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This volume explores the historical novel Quo vadis written by the Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, examining how Sienkiewicz recreated Neronian Rome so vividly and the reasons why his novel was so avidly consumed and reproduced in new editions, translations, visual illustrations, and adaptations to the stage and screen.