American Literature and the Destruction of Knowledge: by Ronald E. Martin

By Ronald E. Martin

In this tough paintings, Ronald E. Martin analyzes the impulse of significant 19th- and twentieth-century American writers to undermine not just their inherited paradigms of literary and linguistic idea yet to query how paradigms themselves are developed. via analyses of those writers, in addition to contemporaneous scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, and visible artists, American Literature and the Destruction of Knowledge creates a wide ranging view of yankee literature over the last one hundred fifty years and exhibits it to be a very important a part of the good philosophical adjustments of the period.
The works of Melville, Emerson, Whitman, and Dickinson, via Crane, Frost, Pound, Stein, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Aiken, Stevens, and Williams, are tested as a part of a cultural present that casts doubt at the probability of information itself. The destruction of techniques, of literary and linguistic types, was once for those writers a precondition for releasing the mind's eye to realize extra entry to the self and the true global. As a part of the exploration of this cultural context, literary and philosophical realisms are tested jointly, permitting a comparability in their a bit assorted targets, in addition to their universal epistemological predicament.

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