By Peter Balaam
This book reveals the tension of a second in American cultural background that led numerous striking writers -- together with Emerson, Warner, and Melville -- to render the stark rupture of loss in leading edge methods. Pushing Protestant culture's feel of loss into secular terrain, those 3 key writers rejected Calvinist and mawkish versions of bereavement, growing as an alternative the compensations of a mature American literature whose 'originality' stemmed from its ability to mourn the lack of a typical tradition and, via such mourning, to assent to new social and cultural realities. Balaam locates this attract 'reality' within the analogies antebellum writers drew among their event of bereavement, and the stories of uncertainty and disillusionment, that the revolutions in technology, the winding down of creedal structures and the commercial instability typifying the pre-Civil warfare era.
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Misery's Mathematics: Mourning, Compensation, and Reality in Antebellum American Literature (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory) by Peter Balaam