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boundary 2 (1 May 2010) 37 (2): 71–87.
Published: 01 May 2010
... culture of America. As Sacvan Bercovitch summarizes it, American Renaissance offers a vision of “five marginal men who represented not only their own age but the very meaning of America.” Matthiessen—from one point of view—wants it both ways (and this is not surprising in a man who agonizingly...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2015) 42 (1): 235–246.
Published: 01 February 2015
... stands out for its continuing capacity to engage productively with arguments by his juniors, including some so eminent as Sacvan Bercovitch and Edward Said. This new book arises from Spanos’s recognition that he and Jonathan Arac understand differently the significance of “contrapuntal criticism” as...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2010) 37 (1): 127–166.
Published: 01 February 2010
... the American context, in which, according to Sacvan Bercovitch in The American Jeremiad , the Puritan founders' figural reenactment of the Exodus story is, in fact, one of conquest and occupation rather than emancipation. Such a retrieval and reconstellation will show that Said's genealogy of the...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2005) 32 (1): 53–70.
Published: 01 February 2005
... or political status. In The Office of the Scarlet Letter, Sacvan Bercovitch proposed that what Arac had described as Hawthorne’s politics were more accurately de- scribed as apolitics or postpolitics. According to Bercovitch, Hawthorne’s tactics of moral ambiguation were designed to effect a...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2007) 34 (1): 35–66.
Published: 01 February 2007
... specifically, of the “American Jeremiad,” analyzed by Sacvan Bercovitch. We must see it in the context of the origins of American exceptionalism in the Massachusetts Bay Puri- tans’ exodus from the Old World into the New, in the defining distinction they made between a civilized world that had become...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2001) 28 (3): 133–155.
Published: 01 August 2001
... Medusan eye. And, despite his inter- ment, you will hear from him again In his magisterial reading of Pierre, Sacvan Bercovitch notes Mel- ville’s use of the metaphorics of shadowing to evoke the return of the oblit- erated violence of the American past to haunt the hegemonic American present...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2007) 34 (2): 71–103.
Published: 01 May 2007
... which what Sacvan Bercovitch has called the “Emersonian legacy” has been regulatively inherited. Emerson encouraged contradictory readings of his work when he refused to consolidate the heterogeneous personifications of his project into a coherent identity. Rather than making them...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2015) 42 (1): 3–17.
Published: 01 February 2015
...-­ ­ta-­physica—­a pattern he (following critics such as Sacvan Bercovitch)4 traces back to the Puritan “errand in the wilderness” and its brutal incarnations as manifest destiny and American exceptionalism. The points of this psychic mapping of the “below” gradu- ally trace a spectral...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2007) 34 (2): 1–20.
Published: 01 May 2007
... Krapp, The English Language in America (1925; repr., New York: Ungar, 1960), 1:228. 24. See the authoritative interpretive synopsis on regionalism by Richard H. Brodhead in The Cambridge History of American Literature, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch, vol. 3, Prose Writing, 1860–1920 (Cambridge...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2001) 28 (2): 105–131.
Published: 01 May 2001
... (spring 1990): 11–12. 2. The virtual absence of reference to contemporary continental theory in the bibliog- raphies and indexes of the new Cambridge History of American Literature, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. vols. 1 and 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, 1995), bears symptomatic witness to...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2010) 37 (3): 151–165.
Published: 01 August 2010
... shoulder-blades” (28). Yet Ishmael’s narrative, and Melville’s project, involves raising up 13. The most challenging characterization of this mobility remains Donald E. Pease, “Mel- ville and Cultural Persuasion,” in Ideology and Classic American Literature, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch and...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2008) 35 (1): 197–215.
Published: 01 February 2008
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boundary 2 (1 February 2015) 42 (1): 195–215.
Published: 01 February 2015
... Society of the Spectacle 203 machine. To extend Spanos’s Heideggerian reading of Sacvan Bercovitch, the new post-­9/11 Puritans of the security society are in the process of staging “the anxiety-provoking­ awesomeness of the wilderness as a spec- tacular threat to the ‘security’ of the covenantal...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2018) 45 (2): 221–242.
Published: 01 May 2018
...- ite cultural hegemony and cultural imperialism as what Sacvan Bercovitch called “American jeremiads.” Jeremiads converted attempts to oppose existing structures of domination and oppression into a means of con- solidating them, because in order to oppose those, you had to utilize the...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2003) 30 (2): 195–216.
Published: 01 May 2003
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boundary 2 (1 May 2016) 43 (2): 27–57.
Published: 01 May 2016
... of world literature and asks large questions about the historical situation of the novel.3 1. Jonathan Arac, “Fragments of Bercovitch’s America,” RSA Journal: Rivista di Studia Americani 19 (2008): 87. 2. On the New Americanists, see Donald E. Pease, “9/11: When Was ‘American Studies After...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2013) 40 (1): 83–135.
Published: 01 February 2013
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boundary 2 (1 February 2000) 27 (1): 151–174.
Published: 01 February 2000
...- sented in the exceptionalist terms of the founding American myth of the frontier: the providentially ordained ‘‘errand in the wilderness 7 Or, rather, 6. See Sacvan Bercovitch, The American Jeremiad (Madison: University of Wisconsin...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2006) 33 (1): 171–201.
Published: 01 February 2006
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boundary 2 (1 May 2012) 39 (2): 3–32.
Published: 01 May 2012
... habitation instead in the ecstasies of the certain. How to explain it? It’s a conundrum that I have not solved, but I’m genuinely interested in it. I would like to propose a way forward, beginning with Erich Auer- bach’s Mimesis, which fortunes are taken up, I believe, in Sacvan Berco- vitch’s...