The Resource American terror : the feeling of thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville, Paul Hurh

American terror : the feeling of thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville, Paul Hurh

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American terror : the feeling of thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville
Title
American terror
Title remainder
the feeling of thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville
Statement of responsibility
Paul Hurh
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"If America is a nation founded upon Enlightenment ideals, then why are so many of its most celebrated pieces of literature so dark? American Terror returns to the question of American literature's distinctive tone of terror through a close study of three authors--Jonathan Edwards, Edgar Allan Poe, and Herman Melville--who not only wrote works of terror, but who defended, theorized, and championed it. Combining updated historical perspectives with close reading, Paul Hurh shows how these authors developed terror as a special literary affect informed by the way the concept of thinking becomes, in the wake of Enlightenment empiricism, increasingly defined by a set of austere mechanic processes, such as the scientific method and the algebraic functions of analytical logic. Rather than trying to find a feeling that would transcend thinking by subtending reason to emotion, these writers found in terror the feeling of thinking, the peculiar feeling of reason's authority over emotional schemes. In so doing, they grappled with a shared set of enduring questions: What is the difference between thinking and feeling? When we know something, how do we know that we know it? Why does it seem impossible to reason oneself out of an irrational fear? And what becomes of the freedom of the will when we discover that affects can push it around?" -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
CSt/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hurh, Paul
Dewey number
810.9/3552
Index
index present
LC call number
PS 169 .T47 H87 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Edwards, Jonathan
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Melville, Herman
  • Edwards, Jonathan
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Melville, Herman
  • Edwards, Jonathan
  • Melville, Herman
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Edwards, Jonathan
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Melville, Herman
  • American literature
  • Terror in literature
  • American literature
  • Terror in literature
  • Schrecken
Label
American terror : the feeling of thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville, Paul Hurh
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : reopening darkness -- Awakening terror : hellfire preaching, Jonathan Edwards, and the logic of revivalist affect -- Critical terrors : Poe's aesthetic terror and the claims of art after Jena -- The air of analysis : resolution and composition in Poe's sublime and confessional tales -- The uneven balance : dialectical terror in Moby-Dick -- Dread : space, time, and automata in The piazza tales -- Afterword : "some dim, random way"
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 298 pages
Isbn
9780804791144
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014042839
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025044758
System control number
  • (OCoLC)894746190
  • (OCoLC)ocn894746190
Label
American terror : the feeling of thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville, Paul Hurh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : reopening darkness -- Awakening terror : hellfire preaching, Jonathan Edwards, and the logic of revivalist affect -- Critical terrors : Poe's aesthetic terror and the claims of art after Jena -- The air of analysis : resolution and composition in Poe's sublime and confessional tales -- The uneven balance : dialectical terror in Moby-Dick -- Dread : space, time, and automata in The piazza tales -- Afterword : "some dim, random way"
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 298 pages
Isbn
9780804791144
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014042839
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025044758
System control number
  • (OCoLC)894746190
  • (OCoLC)ocn894746190

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