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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (2): 71–87.
Published: 01 May 2010
... and material. His chosen five “all felt it was incumbent on their gen- eration to give fulfillment to the potentialities freed by the Revolution,” to just “provide” and “express” an American culture, a culture of America. As Sacvan Bercovitch summarizes it, American Renaissance offers a vision of “five...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (1): 127–166.
Published: 01 February 2010
... it into 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 Zionist...
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boundary 2 (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...
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boundary 2 (2005) 32 (1): 53–70.
Published: 01 February 2005
..., Arac refused to credit any difference in their rhetorical 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...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (1): 35–66.
Published: 01 February 2007
..., 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 “old,” “decadent...
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boundary 2 (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 (2015) 42 (1): 3–17.
Published: 01 February 2015
.... Spanos, Repetitions: The Postmodern Occasion in Literature and Culture (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987), 10–11. 4. Sacvan Bercovitch, The American Jeremiad (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1978). McVicker / Ontology and Pedagogy 7 ism...
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boundary 2 (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 (2001) 28 (2): 105–131.
Published: 01 May 2001
... 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 this inability to get outside...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 201–213.
Published: 01 February 2020
... References Arac Jonathan . 1986 . “ The Politics of The Scarlet Letter .” In Ideology and Classic American Literature , edited by Bercovitch Sacvan Jehlen Myra , 247 – 66 . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Collini Stefan . 2004 . “ On Variousness .” New Left Review...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (2): 1–20.
Published: 01 May 2007
... History of American Literature, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch, vol. 3, Prose Writing, 1860–1920 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 45–62, and esp. 55–57. 25. Everett Carter, introduction to W. D. Howells, A Hazard of New Fortunes, Selected Edition of W. D. Howells (Bloomington: Indiana...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (3): 151–165.
Published: 01 August 2010
... remains Donald E. Pease, “Mel- ville and Cultural Persuasion,” in Ideology and Classic American Literature, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch and Myra Jehlen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), 413–15. Pease does not mention but his argument reminds me that Hannah Arendt...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (1): 197–215.
Published: 01 February 2008
....: Princeton University Press, 2003), xiii. 33. This exclusion was in vain. See, for example, Sacvan Bercovitch, The American Jere- miad (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1978). 34. Cotton Mather, “Of Poetry, and Style,” in American Thought and Writing, vol. 1, The Colonial Period, ed. Russel...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 195–215.
Published: 01 February 2015
... 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 people,” re-­presenting the “‘mystery’ of the world’s...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (2): 195–216.
Published: 01 May 2003
... Puritanism, there is another master trope that Ellison adapts: that of the jeremiad. The Americanist Sacvan Bercovitch has shown in the American Jeremiad (1978) that this form, originally a sermon of social lament, has a more powerful ideological force: It asserts the glorious model of ‘‘America...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 221–242.
Published: 01 May 2018
... institutional animus by the consoli- dation of the political impasses that the Reagan presidency had rendered manifest—namely, by the construal of the sundry opposition to Reagan- ite cultural hegemony and cultural imperialism as what Sacvan Bercovitch called “American jeremiads.” Jeremiads converted...
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boundary 2 (2000) 27 (1): 151–174.
Published: 01 February 2000
... 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 Press, 1978...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (2): 27–57.
Published: 01 May 2016
... University Press, 1991), 31. 13. See Jonathan Arac, “The Politics of The Scarlet Letter,” in Ideology in Classic Ameri- can Literature, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch and Myra Jehlen (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986), 247–66, esp. 262; also see Arac, Critical Genealogies, 263–72. 34 boundary 2 / May...
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boundary 2 (2012) 39 (2): 3–32.
Published: 01 May 2012
... 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 Puritan Origins of the American Self. Published three decades ago, Bercovitch’s text...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (1): 83–135.
Published: 01 February 2013
... to be American hubris.75 After the Vietnam War, New Ameri- canists, such as Sacvan Bercovitch, linked American neo-­imperialism to the country’s Protestant eschatological idioms.76 One might question the motives behind certain of these critiques of messianism (as I have queried those of the Christian...