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By Caroline F. Levander, Robert S. Levine

A significant other to American Literary stories addresses the main provocative questions, topics, and matters animating the sector. Essays supply readers with the data and conceptual instruments for knowing American literary reviews because it is practiced this present day, and chart new instructions for the way forward for the subject.Offers updated bills of significant new serious methods to American literary experiences provides state of the art essays on a whole diversity of issues imperative to the fieldEssays discover serious and institutional genealogies of the sector, more and more varied conceptions of yankee literary research, and remarkable fabric adjustments comparable to the electronic revolution a special anthology within the box, and a vital source for libraries, college, graduate scholars, and complicated undergraduates  

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According to the Romantic ideal of the writer, an ideal that would not emerge until 22 Russ Castronovo the last decades of Freneau’s life, a better, more intuitive poet would not have concerned himself with addressing the masses or adjusting expression to popular tastes. A more accomplished poet would not have wasted precious creative energy considering how verse could be made useful or how poetry could be applied to social and political situations. Only someone with the temperament of an apparatchik and the meager talents of a hack would have devoted so much thought to form in an effort to produce prose and poetry, including verses critical of George Washington, invented satirical speeches spoken by kings, and bits of homespun vernacular calculated to appeal to less genteel audiences.

Beyond offering insight into the merely manifest content of politics, literary history and literary analysis uncover something more profound, providing a view that is fundamental in addressing how politics are shaped at the outset. By considering Freneau’s tense – and often unsuccessful – negotiations of prose and poetry in the analog era of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, we may better equip ourselves to understand, engage, and use the digital forms of politics today. The political conflicts that Freneau routed through the now seemingly archaic oppositions between prose and poetry remain very much a pressing concern for American literary and cultural study in the twenty-first century.

1948), Jean-Paul Sartre contrasted the prose writer, who uses words as tools for getting things done in the world, with the poet whose abstruse relation to language makes for compositions whose usefulness is puzzling at best. “Poets are men who refuse to utilize language,” writes Sartre (5). Poetry appears to Sartre an insular and reflexive métier, one that makes it seem as if the poet “did not share the human condition” (6). In this view, poetry – by its very nature – seems esoteric, removed from the public and collective settings that provide a necessary condition for politics.

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