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Author Mizruchi, Susan L. (Susan Laura),
Title The power of historical knowledge : narrating the past in Hawthorne, James, and Dreiser / Susan L. Mizruchi.
Imprint Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1988]

Author Mizruchi, Susan L. (Susan Laura),
Series Princeton legacy library
Subject Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. House of the seven gables.
James, Henry, 1843-1916. Bostonians.
James, Henry, 1843-1916. Wings of the dove.
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945. American tragedy.
Historical fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Literature and history -- United States.
Narration (Rhetoric) -- History -- 20th century.
Narration (Rhetoric) -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (335 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-307) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- ONE. The Problem of History in American Literature -- TWO. The Problem of History in American Historiography -- THREE. From History To Gingerbread: Manufacturing a Republic in The House of the Seven Gables -- FOUR. The Politics of Temporality in The Bostonians -- FIVE. American Innocence and English Perils: The Treachery of Tales in The Wings of the Dove -- SIX. The Power of Mere Fable: Reconstructing the Past in An American Tragedy -- Bibliography -- Index -- Backmatter.
Summary In this provocative study, Susan Mizruchi argues that the act of writing history is the key to the political concerns of American novelists. Using nineteenth-century theories of history as well as recent narratological models, she examines reconstructions of the past in The House of the Seven Gables (1851), The Bostonians (1886), The Wings of the Dove (1902), and An American Tragedy (1925). Her special focus allows us to see that the efforts (on the part of characters and narrators alike) to reshape the past reveal both anxieties about the self and larger struggles for political power. Professor Mizruchi demonstrates the deepening connections between narrative and political coercion from Hawthorne to Dreiser, whose novels (as she further shows) both incorporate, and portray their characters incorporating, the conditions of their contemporary worlds. Her argument addresses a major contemporary dialogue on the subversive qualities of American texts and the place of history in literary interpretation. Originally published in 1988. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Note In English.
ISBN 9781400859191 (electronic bk.)
1400859190 (electronic bk.)
0691067252 (alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1515/9781400859191
OCLC # 889253557
Additional Format Print version: Mizruchi, Susan L. Power of historical knowledge : narrating the past in Hawthorne, James, and Dreiser. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1988] xx, 313 pages ; 22 cm Princeton legacy library 9780691603162 (DLC) 10900235

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