Timely and beautifully written, New England Beyond Criticism provides a passionate defense of the importance of the literature of New England to the American literary canon, and its impact on the development of spirituality, community, and culture in America.
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Acknowledgments vii 1 Introduction: New England Beyond Criticism 1 Part I Excitations: Protestant Ups and Downs 21 2 Variety as Religious Experience: Four Case Studies: Dickinson, Edwards, Taylor, and Cotton 23 3 The Popularity of Doom: From Wigglesworth, Poe, and Stowe through The Da Vinci Code 47 4 “I Take—No Less than Skies—”: Dickinson’s Flights 75 Part II Congregations: Rites of Assembly 103 5 Lost in the Woods Again: Coming Home to Wilderness in Bradford, Thoreau, Frost, and Bishop 105 6 Growing Up a Goodman: Hawthorne’s Way 140 7 “Shall Not Perish from the Earth”: The Counting of Souls in Jewett, Du Bois, E.A. Robinson, and Frost 160 8 Disinheriting New England: Robert Lowell’s Reformations 201 Part III Matriculations: In Academic Terms 225 9 Winter at the Corner of Quincy and Harvard: The Brothers James 227 10 Upon a Peak in Beinecke: The Beauty of the Book in the Poetry of Susan Howe 235 11 Balm for the Prodigal: Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead 265 12 A Fable for Critics: Autobiographical Epilogue 279 Index 308
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