The Resource Making Americans : an essay on individualism and money, Quentin Anderson

Making Americans : an essay on individualism and money, Quentin Anderson

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Making Americans : an essay on individualism and money
Title
Making Americans
Title remainder
an essay on individualism and money
Statement of responsibility
Quentin Anderson
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Language
eng
Summary
What links the hopes of Communist fellow travelers in the 1930s to the work of Emerson a century earlier? Why do we give so much attention to celebrities? And why have we virtually erased the distinction between public and private affairs? Quentin Anderson shows that American individualism goes deeper than we admit. Only in America did writers and thinkers make the claim that a life worth living must subordinate family ties and social obligations to the visionary powers of the self. Drawing on the work of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, John Dewey, and Henry James - all of whom reacted strongly to the infiltration of money in the national imagination - Anderson finds that in denying the ties and obligations of an existing society each ended up by creating what he calls a "visionary capitalism." Such wholesale appropriations of the American scene, whether in art or systematic thought, discount history and individual action within society. He finds this tendency to grasp the world as an individual imaginative possession in both T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound and persistent in the claim to an impersonal authority in contemporary literary criticism. Anderson concludes: "We shall not crack the money firmament or attain to the freedom we want until we see that such liberty comes from the quality of our relations with other people and in no other way."
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DLC
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1912-2003
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Anderson, Quentin
Index
index present
LC call number
PS169.N35
LC item number
A5 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Individualism in literature
  • Economics in literature
  • Money in literature
  • Individualismus
  • Kapitalismus
  • Nationalcharakter
  • American literature
  • Civilization
  • Economics in literature
  • Individualism in literature
  • Money in literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • United States
  • USA
  • United States
Label
Making Americans : an essay on individualism and money, Quentin Anderson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-254) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Builders of their own worlds -- 2. Nature's brothers -- 3. Selfhood beset -- 4. Wholesale appropriations : John Dewey and Henry James -- 5. Detached critics and engaged novelists -- 6. Public worlds as private possessions -- 7. The possibility of individuation
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9780151559411
Lccn
92008693
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25629650
  • (OCoLC)ocm25629650
Label
Making Americans : an essay on individualism and money, Quentin Anderson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-254) 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. Builders of their own worlds -- 2. Nature's brothers -- 3. Selfhood beset -- 4. Wholesale appropriations : John Dewey and Henry James -- 5. Detached critics and engaged novelists -- 6. Public worlds as private possessions -- 7. The possibility of individuation
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9780151559411
Lccn
92008693
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25629650
  • (OCoLC)ocm25629650

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