The Resource Design in Puritan American literature, William J. Scheick

Design in Puritan American literature, William J. Scheick

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Design in Puritan American literature
Title
Design in Puritan American literature
Statement of responsibility
William J. Scheick
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Puritan American writers faced a dilemma: they had an obligation to use language as a celebration of divine artistry, but they could not allow their writing to become an iconic graven image of authorial self-idolatry. In this study William Scheick explores one way in which William Bradford, Nathaniel Ward, Anne Bradstreet, Urian Oakes, Edward Taylor, and Jonathan Edwards mediated these conflicting imperatives. They did so, he argues, by creating moments in their works when they and their audience could hesitate and contemplate the central paradox of language: its capacity to intimate both concealed authorial pride and latent deific design. These ambiguous occasions served Puritan writers as places where the threat of divine wrath and the promise of divine mercy intersected in unresolved tension. By the nineteenth century the heritage of this Christlike mingling of temporal connotation and eternal denotation had mutated. A peculiar late eighteenth-century narrative by Nathan Fiske and a short story by Edward Bellamy both suggest that the binary nature of language exploited by their Puritan ancestors was still a vital authorial concern; but neither of these writers affirms the presence of an eternal denotative signification hidden within the conflicting historical contexts of their apparently allegorical language. For them, appreciation of the mystery of a divine revelation possibly concealed in words yielded to puzzlement over language itself, specifically over the inadequacy of language to signify more than its own instability of design. This book is a tightly focused study of an important aspect of Puritan American writers' use of language by one of the leading scholars in the field of early American literature
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scheick, William J
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.P87
LC item number
S34 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Christian literature, American
  • Puritans
  • English language
  • Littérature américaine
  • Littérature américaine
  • Littérature américaine
  • Littérature chrétienne américaine
  • Puritains
  • Rhétorique
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Christian literature, American
  • English language
  • Puritans
  • Puritanismus
  • Literatur
  • Allegorie
  • Littérature américaine - Auteurs puritains - Histoire et critique
  • Littérature américaine - Nouvelle-Angleterre - Histoire et critique
  • Littérature américaine - ca 1600-1775 (Période coloniale) - Histoire et critique
  • Littérature chrétienne américaine - Histoire et critique
  • Puritains - Nouvelle-Angleterre - Vie intellectuelle
  • Rhétorique - États-Unis - Histoire
  • Allegorie
  • Literatur
  • Puritanismus
  • New England
  • United States
  • USA
  • USA
Label
Design in Puritan American literature, William J. Scheick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The necessity of language: Words like wooden horses : William Bradford and Thomas Morton. Double-talk : renaissance and reformed traditions. Concealed verbal artistry : Richard Mather and Edward Taylor -- 2. The winding sheet of meditative verse: The wrack of mortal poets : Anne Bradstreet's "Contemplations". Unfolding the twisting serpent : Edward Taylor's "Meditation 1.19" -- 3. Laughter and death: All in Jest : Nathaniel Ward's The simple cobler. Dissolving stones : Urian Oakes's elegy on Thomas Shepard -- 4. Breaking verbal icons: Nature, reason, and language : Jonathan Edwards in reaction. From something to nothing to everything : Edwards's early sermons -- 5. Islands of meaning: Eighteenth-century allegory or satire? : Nathan Fiske's "An allegorical description". The letter killeth : Edward Bellamy's "To whom this may come."
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
167 pages
Isbn
9780813117751
Lccn
91035585
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24501216
Label
Design in Puritan American literature, William J. Scheick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The necessity of language: Words like wooden horses : William Bradford and Thomas Morton. Double-talk : renaissance and reformed traditions. Concealed verbal artistry : Richard Mather and Edward Taylor -- 2. The winding sheet of meditative verse: The wrack of mortal poets : Anne Bradstreet's "Contemplations". Unfolding the twisting serpent : Edward Taylor's "Meditation 1.19" -- 3. Laughter and death: All in Jest : Nathaniel Ward's The simple cobler. Dissolving stones : Urian Oakes's elegy on Thomas Shepard -- 4. Breaking verbal icons: Nature, reason, and language : Jonathan Edwards in reaction. From something to nothing to everything : Edwards's early sermons -- 5. Islands of meaning: Eighteenth-century allegory or satire? : Nathan Fiske's "An allegorical description". The letter killeth : Edward Bellamy's "To whom this may come."
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
167 pages
Isbn
9780813117751
Lccn
91035585
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24501216

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