There Before Us

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007年1月2日 - 250 頁

In recent American life, religion has once again asserted its place as a motivating factor. Yet the place of religion in literary studies continues to take a back seat to trendier academic causes.

There Before Us begins to remedy this deficiency by exploring the place of faith in the lives of writers who wrote after Ralph Waldo Emerson's influential 1837 call to establish a national literary culture free from the learning of other lands. The authors in this volume explore the dimensions of this religious and national consciousness in the writings of H. D. Thoreau, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson. Frances Harper, Mark Twain, William and Henry James, Ezra Pound, and T.S. Eliot. In developing their arguments, the essayists draw upon a wide array of contemporary theoretical resources from African-American poetics to environmental criticism, from the hermeneutics of suspicion to the new historicism.

There Before Us includes essays by Katherine Clay Bassard, Lawrence Buell, Michael Colacurcio, John Gatta, Roger Lundin, Gail McDonald, Barbara Packer, and M. D. Walhout.


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Religious Indifference in America Barbara Packer
Thoreaus Imagination of Sacred Space at Walden John Gatta
Pity and Politics in Melvilles Fiction Michael Colacurcio
Dickinson and the Conflict of Interpretations Roger Lundin
The Defense of Slavery NineteenthCentury Hermeneutics and the Poetry of Frances E W Harper Katherine Clay Bassard
Mark Twains Lincoln as Man of the Border Religion Free Thinking and the Civil War Harold K Bush Jr
American Liberalism and the Problem of Character M D Walhout
Modernist Poetry and the Social Gospel Gail McDonald
Religion and the Environmental Imagination in American Literature Lawrence Buell
Afterword Andrew Delbanco

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第 136 頁 - We believe [that] the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter...
第 195 頁 - Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
第 37 頁 - I am affected as if in a peculiar sense I stood in the laboratory of the Artist who made the world and me, — had come to where he was still at work, sporting on this bank, and with excess of energy strewing his fresh designs about.
第 102 頁 - With those same Boots of Lead, again. Then Space began to toll, As all the Heavens were a Bell, And Being, but an Ear...
第 228 頁 - As long as Nature shall not grow Old and dote; but shall constantly remember to give the rows of Indian Corn their education, by Pairs; so long shall Christians be born there; and being first made meet, shall from thence be Translated to be made partakers of the Inheritance of the Saints in Light.
第 75 頁 - Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.
第 11 頁 - I once heard a preacher who sorely tempted me to say, I would go to church no more. Men go, thought I, where they are wont to go, else had no soul entered the temple in the afternoon. A snow-storm falling around us. The snow-storm was real, the preacher merely spectral ; and the eye felt the sad contrast in looking at him, and then out of the window behind him into the beautiful meteor of the snow.