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The story upon a hill : the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction, Christopher Leise

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The story upon a hill : the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction
Title
The story upon a hill
Title remainder
the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction
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Christopher Leise
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "A timely study of contemporary American literature that highlights the everpresence of Puritan myths in American identity and culture"--
  • "In this provocative and thought-provoking volume, Christopher Leise sheds new light on modern American novelists who question not only the assumption that Puritans founded New England--and, by extension, American identity--but also whether Puritanism ever existed in the United States at all. The Story upon a Hill: The Puritan Myth in Contemporary American Fiction analyzes the work of several of the most important contemporary writers in the United States as reinterpreting commonplace narratives of the country's origins with a keen eye on the effects of inclusion and exclusion that Puritan myths promote. In 1989, Ronald Reagan recalled the words of Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop, who imagined the colony as a "city upon a hill" for future nations to emulate. In Reagan's speech, Winthrop's signature rhetoric became an emblem of American idealism, and for many Americans, the Puritans' New England was the place where the United States forged its original identity. But what if Winthrop never gave that speech? What if he did not even write it? Historians cannot definitively answer these questions. In fact, no group that we refer to as American Puritans thought of themselves as Puritans. Rather, they were a group of dissident Christians often better defined by their disagreements than their shared beliefs. Literary scholars interested in Anglo-American literary production from the seventeenth century through the present, historians, and readers interested in how ideas about Christianity circulate in popular culture will find fascinating the ways in which William Gaddis, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Marilynne Robinson repurpose so-called Puritan forms of expression to forge a new narrative of New England's Congregationalist legacy in American letters. Works by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, Toni Morrison, and others are also considered. The Story upon a Hill raises a provocative question: if the Puritans never existed as we understand them, what might American history look like in that context?"--
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1978-
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Leise, Christopher
Dewey number
813/.5409
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.P8
LC item number
L45 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Christianity and literature
  • Puritans
  • Puritans in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • RELIGION
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American fiction
  • Christianity and literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Puritans in literature
  • Puritans
  • United States
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The story upon a hill : the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction, Christopher Leise
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Acknowledgments; Introduction: Salem and the Selling of American Selfhood; 1. The What That's in a Name: Settling On an American Puritanism; 2. Hawthorne, Gaddis, and Models of American Identity; 3. Alien Abduction as Captivity Nonnarrative in Slaughterhouse-Five; 4. Thomas Pynchon, the Sloth of Salvation, and Becoming Converted; 5. Rereading Puritan Spiritual Autobiography in Gilead; 6. Types of Exceptionalism: Colson Whitehead, Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy, Paul Auster; 7. America before Puritanism: or, Toni Morrison's Decentered English Origin
  • Conclusion: Tituba, Hopefully, UnknowableNotes; Works Cited; Index
Control code
993608862
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9780817391232
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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4910906
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remote
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(OCoLC)993608862
Label
The story upon a hill : the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction, Christopher Leise
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Acknowledgments; Introduction: Salem and the Selling of American Selfhood; 1. The What That's in a Name: Settling On an American Puritanism; 2. Hawthorne, Gaddis, and Models of American Identity; 3. Alien Abduction as Captivity Nonnarrative in Slaughterhouse-Five; 4. Thomas Pynchon, the Sloth of Salvation, and Becoming Converted; 5. Rereading Puritan Spiritual Autobiography in Gilead; 6. Types of Exceptionalism: Colson Whitehead, Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy, Paul Auster; 7. America before Puritanism: or, Toni Morrison's Decentered English Origin
  • Conclusion: Tituba, Hopefully, UnknowableNotes; Works Cited; Index
Control code
993608862
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780817391232
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
4910906
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)993608862

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