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The story upon a hill : the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction, Christopher Leise

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The story upon a hill : the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction
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The story upon a hill
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the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction
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Christopher Leise
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eng
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  • "In this provocative and thought-provoking volume, Christopher Leise sheds new light on modern American novelists who question not only the assumption that Puritans founded New England--and, by extension, American identity--but also whether Puritanism ever existed in the United States at all. The Story upon a Hill: The Puritan Myth in Contemporary American Fiction analyzes the work of several of the most important contemporary writers in the United States as reinterpreting commonplace narratives of the country's origins with a keen eye on the effects of inclusion and exclusion that Puritan myths promote. In 1989, Ronald Reagan recalled the words of Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop, who imagined the colony as a "city upon a hill" for future nations to emulate. In Reagan's speech, Winthrop's signature rhetoric became an emblem of American idealism, and for many Americans, the Puritans' New England was the place where the United States forged its original identity. But what if Winthrop never gave that speech? What if he did not even write it? Historians cannot definitively answer these questions. In fact, no group that we refer to as American Puritans thought of themselves as Puritans. Rather, they were a group of dissident Christians often better defined by their disagreements than their shared beliefs. Literary scholars interested in Anglo-American literary production from the seventeenth century through the present, historians, and readers interested in how ideas about Christianity circulate in popular culture will find fascinating the ways in which William Gaddis, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Marilynne Robinson repurpose so-called Puritan forms of expression to forge a new narrative of New England's Congregationalist legacy in American letters. Works by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, Toni Morrison, and others are also considered. The Story upon a Hill raises a provocative question: if the Puritans never existed as we understand them, what might American history look like in that context?"--
  • "A timely study of contemporary American literature that highlights the everpresence of Puritan myths in American identity and culture"--
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Leise, Christopher
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non fiction
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  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Puritans in literature
  • Puritans
  • Christianity and literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • RELIGION
  • American fiction
  • Christianity and literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Puritans in literature
  • Puritans
  • United States
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The story upon a hill : the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction, Christopher Leise
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Title from cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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rdacarrier
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text
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975448296
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24 cm
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viii, 210 pages
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9780817319472
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2016052376
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)975448296
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The story upon a hill : the Puritan myth in contemporary American fiction, Christopher Leise
Publication
Note
Title from cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Control code
975448296
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 210 pages
Isbn
9780817319472
Lccn
2016052376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)975448296

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